Priory of The Temple Church

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The Priory of The Temple Church

The Priory of the Temple Church

The Priory of the Temple Church is responsible for its members in the states of Florida and Southern Alabama. The Priory, which is headquartered in Orlando, oversees the Preceptory of Hugh de Payens, Preceptory of Geoffrey de Charney and the Commandery of The Holy Trinity.

Several members of the Priory of St. Andrew living in Central Florida were contacted in 1999 by BG Chev. Wilson T. Dreger, III, GCTJ, Deputy Grand Prior Region III.

The feasibility of establishing a commandery in Central Florida under the auspices of the Priory of St. Andrew was discussed.

The Commandery of the Temple Church was formed and officially recognized as a member of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem on February 5, 2000. Its first Commander was Chev. Allan F. Keeth, GCTJ. Chev. Thornton “Andy” Anderson, GCTJ was appointed Chancellor.

The name of the Commandery of the Temple Church was selected to commemorate the church of that name in London, which served as the headquarters of the English Knights Templar.

The Commandery of the Temple Church was placed under the Priory of Holy Rood soon after it was established as a Priory.

The Commandery was officially changed to a Preceptory during this period. It was recognized as a Commandery when it received its appointing order from the Grand Priory of the United States and was stood up at the Grand Convent and Investiture at West Point on June 12, 2010.

The Commandery was stood up as the Priory of the Temple Church on May 21, 2011 in Norcross, Georgia, with Chev. Thomas “Ted” Seater, GOTJ as Prior I.
 

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Prior: Chvse. Linda M Ross, MBA, GOTJ
Chancellor: Rev. Chev. Dennis Chamberland, Ph.D., GOTJ
Email: TempleChurch@smotj.org