During his time at the cathedral, Wade participated in the funeral for American astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, who died in August. Wade also witnessed the nation's military practice the procedures for a president's funeral.
He counts that as among the most interesting experiences of his time there.
"When a president dies, everyone needs to know what to do," he said. "One of the reasons it looks so precise and correct is they come up and make sure the new people know how to bury a president.
"I hadn't really thought about that, but it makes sense when you think about it."
But what Wade was most impressed with during his time there were the people, he said.
"One of the things that really meant a lot to me were the people who work there," Wade said.
He was impressed from the staff, from the maintenance crews to the administration, he said.
"Those people, wonderful people who understand what they're doing to be a part of ministry serving God and community," Wade said.
While the cathedral's size may have been bigger than was he was used to in his home stare, Wade said the people he served there were the same.
"I think one of the really great lessons is that with great venues [like the National Cathedral], inside of them the people who worship in Charleston, West Virginia are the same as people who worship here," Wade said. "When you step into that world, people are here for the same reason and it's a great leveler."
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