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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Grand Encampment Recognizes Prince Hall Templars

The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the USA meeting at their 67th Triennial Conclave in Indianapolis this week has elected Sir Knight Jeffrey N. Nelson of Bismarck, North Dakota (photo) as Most Eminent Grand Master for 2018-2021.

Other officers elected were:

  • SK Michael Burke Johnson of Crowheart, WY has been elected as R.E. Deputy Grand Master 
  • David Joseph Kussman of Anaheim, CA, R.E. Grand Generalissimo 
  • SK Jeffrey A. Bolstad. Lewistown, MT, R.E. Grand Captain General 
  • SK Bobby Blackman Simmons, Georgia, R.E. Grand Treasurer 
  • SK Lawrence E. Tucker, Bellaire, TX , R.E. Grand Recorder 
  • Reverend and SK Arthur F. Hebbeler, III, Catonsville, MD, R.E. Grand Prelate.

    According to reports from Sir Knights attending the Triennial this week, the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the USA has, by acclamation, officially recognized the Prince Hall Affiliated Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America. I have not seen the official wording of this decision yet, so I don't know of any details at the moment.


    1. The Duke of Sussex, who presided for many years over the merged grand lodges in England that we know as the UGLE, chartered African-American Templars while discouraging enthusiasm in England for anything other than the first three degrees. The chartering of African-American Templars is recounted variously, but for a succinct documented account see http://kbgcktofva.wixsite.com/vaktpha/bible_groups. The Duke was suspected to harbor Unitarian sentiments, so his lack of enthusiasm for knightly orders in England itself might be understandable.

    2. Greetings, Russ. This is good news. Prince Hall Templars are very passionate in their Christian faith and walk. Lately, I have been hearing nothing but good reviews outside the U.S.A. regarding Prince Hall Freemasonry in general. Part of this is due to the scholarly efforts of Alton Roundtree as Editor for "The Phylaxis Magazine". The other part is due to Prince Hall Masons conducting themselves as good Masons and better men, when visiting outside the country. I would like to thank John L. Palmer, Managing Editor of "Knight Templar" magazine for a great publication. The magazine appeals to scholar and layman. Anyone with an interest in the Judeo-Christian religion (and especially Christian Masons) can find something of value in the magazine. Well done! Couple more trips outside the country for 2018. Hopefully, 2019 will be a blast!


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