Squire – A younger man or women, greater than 14 years of age but fewer than 18. A future Knight. At the age of 18, they will have the opportunity to petition to become a “Companion-at-Arms.”
Rules concerning Squires:
1) They must have a relative in the same state who is in or is also applying to the Order. Their relative must be accepted first.
2) They can never attend our events without being accompanied by their relative.
3) There will never be a payment necessary to become a Squire.
Companion-At-Arms – They wear the brown mantle with red cross. An applicant of at least 18 years of age under a probation period before becoming a Knight. This probation lasts 6 months. If the Prior accepts them, they receive their Certificate at the end of this period. If they are not accepted, their $65 is returned.
Sergeant – They wear the black mantle with red cross. After their 6 months of probation, all those accepted members become eligible to become Sergeants. A member will need to spend no less than 6 months as a Sergeant. A Sergeant is a Mentor in the Temple. They strive to help their Brothers and Sisters along in their learning process. More is expected of a Sergeant than a Companion-At-Arms.
There are 3 promotions available to Sergeants:
1) Staff Sergeant – Assists the Secretary in their Priory
2) Sergeant 1st class – The highest rank of Sergeant who has demonstrated leadership and compassion. Becomes eligible to be promoted to Sergeant Major or chargé d’affaires who is the assistant to the Turcopolier.
3) Sergeant Major – There is only one Sergeant Major who is responsible for and oversees the Sergeant’s Corp.
Knight – They wear the white mantle with red cross. Actual Knighthood granted, and duty is expected to his or her community, and at a higher level as a Templar. “Knight” is used by men & women equally. Christian men who reach this “Knight” rank are given the honorific title of Chevalier. Females who reach the “Knight” rank are given the honorific title of Chevaleresse (or Chevalière). *No member may be promoted to Knight without being Knighted at an Investiture Ceremony, Conclave, or Field Knighting Service.
Knight of Grace – A Knight who has demonstrated selfless giving to the needy or who has volunteered above and beyond selflessly.
Knight of Justice – A Knight who has demonstrated potential leadership ability. They have been a leader among their peers in several situations.
Knight Officer Ranks
A Knight Officer is the general category for a Senior Knight. They have gone above and beyond for the Order. A “Knight Officer” includes all the below ranks:
Knight Lieutenant – The first level of a “Knight Officer.” A “Knight Lieutenant” is a ranked Officer within a Priory or Commandery that is trusted for extra responsibility and duties. They have demonstrated faithfulness to their Commanders. They don’t have their own group to command but perform a function or purpose within their priory.
Knight Commander – A Knight who is given a Commandery consisting of at a least 7 other knights besides the Commander (total of 8).
Prior – A Prior oversees a group of at least 30 members. Thus when a Knight Commander grows his Commandery to that level, he’s eligible for a promotion to “Prior.”
Knight Grand Officer – High Senior Officer, usually a board member.
Descriptions of Ranks
- Oversees Priory, all decisions through Prior, and has right to veto a vote. It consists of at least 42 members.
Grand Prior writes all statutes, bylaws and directives for the Order. Grand Prior shall appoint board members. Grand Prior sets agenda each year to arrange administration with the Executive board and General board. (See Executive and General board above)
- Deputy Prior, second in charge, can be active Prior if Prior is away. The Grand Seneschal may also be called along with the National Marshall for purposes of opinions on future members, background checks, and applications. The National Seneschal will assist the Grand Prior in Administrative matters.
- The National Commandant is our marketing & Recruiting expert for the Order. He/She is the third position of authority in the Grand Priory. The National Commandant oversees each of the Recruiters of the Priories. The National Commandant will create media to market the Order.
- The National Marshall literally “marshals” the troops into action. He/she acts as the tough authority figure that brings discipline to the ranks. Appointed by Grand Prior to control and organize meetings with Priory cabinet, and other events. The National Marshall is the fourth position of authority in Prior. The National Marshall shall coordinate meetings with the Grand Prior, National Chancellor, and National Secretary. The National Marshall may also be called upon along with the National Chancellor for his discernment on future members, background checks, applications and other administrative matters.
- The National Chancellor is the ceremonial expert of the order who will be proficient in all things dealing with the ritual, ceremony, and rites of the Order. He’s an expert at Robert’s Rules of Order and is consulted on all things concerning protocol for the Order. The National Chancellor needs to carefully study and know our handbook of rules.
National Turcopolier (AKA: “Turco.”)
- The National Turcopolier is the sixth position of authority in the Grand Priory. The Diplomat of the Order. The Grand Turcopolier’s role is to settle differences between officers or members. The National Turcopolier also visits the various Priories as a teacher and encourager.
- The National Treasurer is a position, which manages all money and revenue. The Treasurer reports to the National Priory all member’s current in dues, all funds received through fundraising or donations, and expenses authorized only by the Grand Prior. The National Treasurer has the duty to deposit funds, account with a bi-monthly statement if requested by the Grand Prior, and a monthly statement of all activities whether requested or not from the National Prior. The National Treasurer must consult each expenditure with Grand Prior for written check permissions. The National Treasurer also works with the National Secretary/Researcher on financing accounts and records.
- National Secretary/ Researcher records proceedings, attends all regular and special meetings of the Order, along with the National Treasurer can receive monies paid into the Order taking his receipt, establish an accounting system with the National Treasurer, which will account for, in detail, all the monies received by, or paid out by the Order. National Secretary/Researcher will assist the Grand Prior preparing an agenda for online meetings or conclaves, prepare a personal file for each member and their ranks, records, applications, dues, and conduct. Dues will be monitored both current, and past due. National Secretary/Researcher is also in charge of all grant writing.
National Secretary will advise the National Almoner and the National Historian and work together for projects on:
- Research on Templar history
- Future functions
- The National Almoner is the charities officer, the Knight in charge of the Charity work, correspondence, external arranging publicity, and in concert with Grand Prior, organizes events or needy causes for the poor, the sick, the old, the helpless, or other Christian needy causes. Almoner will also aid the National Secretary/Researcher in areas of grants and fundraising.
– The National Historian chronicles events and the history of the Knights Templar with Grand Prior and the National Secretary. The National Historian is usually in the same town as Grand Prior due to sensitive documents staying in the local area.
National Communications Officer
– The National Communications Office is the CEO of the Grand Priories newsletter. Responsibilities include conveying upcoming activities and past events to the members. The National Communications Officer may commission Reporters in each Priory to help him gather news as needed.
- Is in charge of Heraldry for the Order and the assignment of Coats of Arms. They rule in all matters concerning crests and seals within the Order. Heraldry (/ˈhɛrəldri/) is the profession, study, or art of creating, granting, and blazoning arms and ruling on questions of rank or protocol, as exercised by an officer of arms.
National Sword Bearer
- In future ceremonies and events, the National Sword Bearer will carry the Sword for all procedures involved in Ceremony.
National Standard Bearer
- The National Standard Bearer is the Acolyte responsible for carrying the Banner in the procession.
Board of National Officers*
Grand Prior – Bryant Jones
National Seneschal – Caesar Johnson
National Commandant– Lt. Col. Connie Lee Carlson (Army Ret.)
National Marshal – General Ronald S. Mangum (Army Ret.)
National Chancellor – Rev. Ray Jones
National Turcopolier – Atty. Timothy Whitley
National Secretary / Admin Advisor – Robert Zalner
National Almoner (Treasurer) Deacon James McDonough
National Historian/Chronicler (appointed) – Micheal Denton
National Communications Officer – Prior Mark Mace
National Heraldry Officer
National Sword bearer (appointed)
National Standard Bearer – Deacon James McDonough
* Each person may hold only one Executive Board or Sub-Board Position at a time.
Templar Church Ranks
Bishop of Templar Church (appointed) – Rev. Harry Davis
National Prelate (appointed)
Viceroy – Assistant to the Seneschal. The Viceroy position is viewed similarly to that of a Deacon, essentially a Deacon to the Seneschal – Keith Menefee
Templar Church Rank Descriptions
- There is only one National Bishop. The Bishop is a member of the clergy who is the highest ranked member of Templar Church. He conducts religious services. The Bishop of Templar Church may advise or offer Christian spiritual advice to Knights, or simple moral support in times of need. The Bishop is also charged with respect to all Christian denominations, sensitive and supportive to people during illness, grief and bereavement. The Bishop will also advise the Grand Prior in future meetings/appointments/ as clergy in all matters. The Bishop shall also advise and coordinate with Grand Prior as the Spiritual Patriarch.
- Each region of the United States will be represented by a Regional Chaplain who will be responsible for the Chaplains in that area. The Regional Chaplain will report directly to the National Bishop and will carry out addtional duties assigned to him by the National Bishop.
Knight Grand Cross – Not a rank but an honorific title given to a Knight who has knowledge, and achieved duties above and beyond the call. Usually a Prior. There will be multiple holders of this title.
Monsignor – (pronounced [monsiɲˈɲor]; pl. monsignori [monsiɲˈɲoːri]) is an honorific form of address for those clergy in Templar Church who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for the Church. It is an honorific title just below the “Grand Cross” but only awarded to clergy of the Templar Church.
Knight Paladin – Our highest honorific title. Paladins were originally associated with Charlemagne. Like Roland, they were considered to be his ‘Greatest Knights’ and served as an idealized symbol of ‘Courage & Nobility.’ A Paladin is a ‘Paragon of Christian Knighthood.’ They are ‘Heroic Champions & Defenders of all that is ‘Good & Right.’ In the ‘Fight Against Evil,’ the ‘Paladin’ stands as God’s supreme & undaunted Knight -Errant. The ‘Paladin’ is the Noblest of Knights. The image of the ‘Paladin’ is indelibly linked to that of the Medieval Knight – the Supreme Hero of the Middle Ages. Clad in ‘Shining Armor’ (God’s Armor of Light), the ‘Paladin’ is the quintessence (the perfect example) of Gallantry, the Champion of the Powerless and the Personification of Courage. They represent the loftiest standards of Heroism & Righteousness. The ‘True Paladin’ is Pious and Forthright, sworn to uphold a just Way of Life and determined to protect the world from the Forces of Darkness. The ‘Paladin’ is a Gentleman who epitomizes Honor, Courage and Loyalty.