Vision of the OSMTJ Knights Templar of America 

The OSMTJ Grand Priory of America, existing for the pure motives of spreading the love of Christ, takes pride in its existence, and pride in its members’ involvement in shaping our Nation.

Men and women have been drawn to our Order because freedom, equality, respect, charity, a belief in Jesus Christ.

Men and women of such caliber have made a mark on our societies and still do. The continuous need to face the challenges in today’s world in a moral and ethical way is as important now as it was one two hundred and forty years ago when our nation was founded.

The Knights Templar are more than an organization to which you can say you belong to, it is a way of life.

The goal of the Knights Templar to live for Christ, improve ourselves, our families and our communities, is the reason we remain an essential component of the structure of any stable society.

WHAT WE ARE NOT

1). We will never be primarily a fund raising organization. Although we will have small and limited fund drives, this will never be our purpose. Instead our purpose is to build a fraternal Christian community to help and encourage each other along our path in life. Like our ancient Templar ancestors, we are here to help pilgrims on their road.
2) We will never be a rich order of wealth and power. Our entry fees will always be low. We strive to be the “Poor Knights of Christ.” Our target membership is not the rich and famous, it’s everyday regular people.
3) We will never be like a military veteran’s club and you will never need to have a military background to be promoted.
4) We will never be a motorcycle club. Some of us own and discuss motorcycles and that is great. But that is not our purpose.
5) We will never push members to become recruiting machines for the sake of being big and grand. We will discuss recruiting from time to time for the purpose of making it easier for others to find us. But in the end, God will bring in those who are supposed to join.

WHAT WE ARE

1) A CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
Ever wonder why we refer to accepted Knights as Brothers & Sisters? We are building a community of Christians that is deeper than a fraternal Order. Unfortunately, Christians in America have too often settled for polite or friendly relationships in the church when the New Testament holds out a vision for a much richer connection between Christians. We are trying to learn how to love one another with gracious, committed love expressing our family relationship as brothers and sisters in Christ that is more like a family than an organization. Unfortunately, Christians in America have too often settled for polite or friendly relationships in the church when the New Testament holds out a vision for a much richer connection between Christians. We are trying to learn how to love one another with gracious, committed love expressing our family relationship as brothers and sisters in Christ.

2) ECUMENICAL: Protestants, Catholics, & Orthodox
While we members of many churches and Christian traditions, we recognize one another as members of Gods family, as brothers and sisters in Christ and seek to be an answer to Jesus’ prayer that ‘they would all be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.’ Jn 17:21

3) THE POOR KNIGHTS OF CHRIST
We strive to be the “Poor Knights of Christ.” Our target membership is not the rich and famous, it’s everyday regular people. “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:4

4) HELPING PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
Like the ancient Templars protected persecuted Christian pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem, our mission is to help persecuted Christians wherever their road may be taking them in life. We are especially called to help Christians in the Middle East.

Thank you for your interest in our website and may God bless you,

T. Bryant Jones
Grand Visitor to the Americas
Grand Prior OSMTJ – USA