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John A. Bridegroom CMY, OSV

Most Illustrious Grand Master
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Biography of John A. Bridegroom, KCT, OPC, OSV, KYGCH

Most Illustrious Grand Master – Grand Council Cryptic Masons of Indiana

General Grand Sentinel of the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International

Provincial Grand Secretary – Masonic Order of Athelstan
Provincial Grand Court of the United States of America

Grand Superintendent for Indiana – Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees

John was born on July 21, 1974 to Michael and Patricia Bridegroom in Gary, Indiana. He has an older brother, Adam.

He graduated from Portage High School in 1992, and received his Associates Degree in Commercial Arts and Illustration from the American Academy of Art in Chicago Illinois. In 1996, he married Tammy C. Griffey. They are very proud of their two girls, Diva and Phoenix. During his career, John has worked for Frankel & Co. Advertising in Chicago, as Assistant Art Director for FASA Corporation, and several other companies before creating his own Design Company, VM Graphics, which he currently owns/operates.

John received his Masonic degrees in Porter Lodge #137, Valparaiso, IN during 2003-04, served as Worshipful Master in 2008, Secretary on 2013 and is currently serving as Secretary and Trustee. He joined the York Rite bodies in 2005 and in Hammond York Rite served as High Priest in Chapter #117, Commander of Commandery #41 and Illustrious Master of Council #90. He is served as Director of Work of the Hammond York Rite 2009-2015. He currently belongs to the Valparaiso York Rite Bodies, which Hammond merged into.

He served the Grand Commandery of Indiana as a Deputy Battalion Commander 2014-16 and serves the Grand Encampment of the USA on the Bicentennial Committee.

He served at the state level with the Grand Council as Arch Officer for Arch 1 from 2009-2012 and is currenty the Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons for the State of Indiana.

From 2014-2016, and 2018-present he serves the Grand Lodge of Indiana as the Public Relations and Marketing Director, and currently on several committees, including the Indiana Freemason Publication of which he was chairman 2014-16, Foreign Relations, Founders Day and the 200th Anniversary Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana.

At the National level, He currently serves as the General Grand Sentinel of the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International, The Public Relations Chairman for the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International, Grand Superintendent of Indiana for the Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees, and is the Provincial Grand Secretary for the Provincial Grand Court of the USA, of the Masonic Order of Athelstan in England, Wales and Provinces Overseas.

John is a member of the following Masonic Affiliated organizations:

  • Porter Lodge 137, Past Master 2008, Secretary 2013
  • Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research – Past Master 2015, Current Secretary
  • Crowned Martyrs Lodge 771 – Charter Member and Current Secretary
  • Valparaiso (Hammond merged)  York Rite Bodies: Past High Priest (2012), Past Illustrious Master(2010), Past Commander (2012)
  • Knight York Cross of Honor, J. Herbert Nichols Priory 76- 2013, Eminent Prior 2018, KYGCH
  • Orak Shrine A.A.O.N.M.S., Past Potentate – 2012
    • Royal Order of Jesters – April 2014
    • The Order of Quetzalcoatl, Teocalli 500 – 2010
  • St. Basil Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, Senior General 11/2011
  • Northwest Indiana York Rite College No. 73, Past Governor 2013-14
    • Award of Gold – 11/6/10, OPC 2014
  • Thespian Council #464 Allied Masonic Degrees, Past Sovereign Master, Charter Member
    • Knight Grand Cross- Red Branch of Eri – 2015
  • Imhotep Council No. 434 Allied Masonic Degrees, Dual member
  • St. Johns Council No. 541 – Honorary Member, Valparaiso Council No. 470 – Honorary Member
  • Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, Geneserate Tabernacle – 2014 – 2nd Pillar
  • Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, South Bend Valley – Junior Warden of the Chapter of Rose Croix
  • The August Order of Light – Garuda Temple No. 1, Halifax – 2013
    • Garuda Temple No. 5, Allentown PA, Guardian of Light 2018
  • Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis VII°- Indiana College 2014 – Ist Ancient
  • Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia 2° – Woodman College No. 6 2014
  • Knight Masons Indiana Council No. 15, KCZ – 2012
    • Knight Masons F’irinne Council No. 115 Charter Member – 2014 – Past Excellent Chief
  • Masonic Order of Athelstan Regius Cordis Court No. 110, Past Master 2016 – Provincial Grand Secretary
  • Royal Order of Scotland
  • St. Thomas of Acon: INRI Chapter – 2013
  • Indiana Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters
  • Indiana Annointed High Priest
  • Indiana Past Commanders Association
  • Yeomen of York Preceptory No.1
  • Royal Order of Amaranth
  • The Masonic Society, Founding Member & Fellow – 2009
  • The Grand College of Rites of the USA
  • Levant Preceptory
  • Quatuor Coronati  (Correspondence Circle)
  • Collegium Alchemicum Council of Research No.0
  • Tall Cedars of Lebanon – Adoniram Forest #49 – Charter Member
  • Sahara Grotto – 2013
  • Knights of St Andrew – Valley of South Bend – Charter Member

John has received the following honors:

  • The Order of the Secret Vault, General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International – 2018
  • The Order of the Purple Cross, York Rite Sovereign College – 2014
  • Knight Commander of the Temple, Grand Encampment – 2012
  • Knight Commander of Zerrubabel – Grand Council of Knight Masons – 2012
  • Knight York Grand Cross of Honor, J. Herbert Nichols Priory 76- 2013
  • Demolay Legion of Honor – Nov. 2014
  • General Grand Chapter Ritualist Award – 2012
  • Distinguished Companion Award – Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Indiana 2012
  • Cryptic Mason of the Year – 2011
  • Grand Council Leadership Award – 2011
  • Grand Masters Award with High Distinction – 2008
  • Grand Commandery Distinguished Service Award – 2010
  • Appointed Honorary Representative – New York, Livingston District. 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation of Service – Grand York Rite Bodies of Missouri – 2009
  • Companion of the Order of the Fluer de Lys, Johnston Company – 2013
  • Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash – 2016
  • Member of the Tennessee Squires
  • Member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
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