Meet Our Pastors
Pastor Phil Wade was born in Knoxville, TN in 1962. He graduated from Coosa High School in 1980, then attended Shorter College and graduated with a Masters of Theology from North Carolina College of Theology. Pastor Phil joined Team Northside in October of 2012, after serving as Senior Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Ocala FL. He married Keli Wade, from Rome, GA, in 1981. He has two children and five grandchildren. . His passion is to know Jesus more, love people more and serve Jesus by serving people more. He enjoys serving as Northside's lead pastor which enables him to “develop Godly leaders causing them to live beyond themselves.” Pastor Phil enjoys being involved with Nations of Coaches as a character coach for the Berry College men's and women's basketball teams. He was a part of First Impression Ministries for 13 years. In his free time, Pastor Phil enjoys hunting, golfing and watching movies.
"I love you and there's nothing you can do about it!"
Phil Wade - Lead Pastor
Danny Wade - Worship & Admin Pastor
Pastor Danny Wade was born in Knoxville, TN and graduated from Coosa High School. He then attended Liberty University and graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Educational Technology and Internet Instruction. Pastor Danny joined the pastoral staff at Northside in 2015. He married his wife Beth February 3, 1989. They have 5 children: Mallory, Barrick, Micah, Braxton and Miles. Danny enjoys working at Northside and having the opporunity to put together the worship sets that lead the congregation in worship. Pastor Danny has served with the Student Ministry, the Worship Team, Admin Team and Janitorial duties here at Northside. In his free time he enjoys golfing and coaching.
"It is what it is--don't sweat the things you can't do anything about."
Jeremy Wolfe - Compass Kids Pastor
Pastor Jeremy grew up in Rockmart, Georgia and later moved to Rome, Georgia where he attended Shorter College. While at Shorter he met the love of his life, Laura Joy, who would after graduation, become his wife. He received a BS in Economics and Biology from Shorter and began a career in finance that would last 15 years. He believed from a young age that God wanted him to serve Him in full time vocational ministry. In His wisdom, God lead Jeremy down a path that would eventually end at Luther Rice Seminary where at 41, he graduated with a Masters of Arts Degree in Ministerial Studies. For as long as Jeremy can remember he has always worked with children in some capacity and am humbled by the opportunity he has to teach the children at Northside about the love of Christ. Laura and Jeremy are honored to be the parents of Nathaniel and Parker who love the Lord and who strive to do His will. They have been members of Northside Church for 4 years and are excited to see what God has in store for Compass Kids at Northside. Jeremy's passion is to create disciples for Christ who will tell others about the saving grace that is found in Jesus.
"Trust God in the dark until the light returns." -A. W. Tozer
Ryan Okubo -
Pastor of Discipleship &
Pastor Ryan was born and raised in Miami Florida. He and his wife, Donna were married August 2, 1997. They have three children, Tyler, Amanda and Alyssa. The Okubo's moved to Rome in 2005. Ryan has been involved in full time ministry since 2002. He received his Bachelor's in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and is currently working on his Masters in Theology. Ryan first joined the Northside staff in 2006 and continued until 2013, serving as the Student Pastor. After spending some time teaching Bible at a local Christian school, he rejoined the pastoral staff in 2017. Pastor Ryan enjoys have the opportunity to teach God's Word to God's people and equipping God's people to serve God's Kingdom. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, coaching soccer and crossfit and reading as many books as possible!
"The gospel is meant to control and govern everything in our lives." -D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Clay Barnett - Student Pastor
Pastor Clay is a local of Rome and was born in the Armuchee area of Floyd County. He is engaged to be married to Emily Windatt in April of 2019. Clay grew up at Northside and has attended since he was in 6th grade. He was a part of the student ministry until he graduated from Armuchee High School in 2015 and then joined the Northside Student ministry team after his sophomore year in college. He currently is enrolled at Luther Rice College where he will graduate with a degree in Biblical Worldview in 2020. Clay's favorite part about student ministry is being able to invest in students and their lives while having fun and growing closer in Christian community. Clay's passion is to see the gospel and God's Word transform students into Godly men and women who will impact the world for God's kingdom. Clay enjoys assisting with the boys varsity basketball team at Armuchee High School in his free time.
“We can only grasp the gospel’s sweetness if we first grapple with its offense- you can’t save yourself.” -Tim Keller