Past Grand Master of Masons A.F. & A. M. of Minnesota, and the second ordained minister to hold this title in Minnesota’s 165 year history, Reverend Terry L. Tilton continues in retirement from ministry to keep an active participation in Freemasonry and the diffusion of Light to our Craft. Elected as the 32nd President of North America’s premier international research society, the Philalethes Society (2009-2013), and named its 200th Fellow, he continues his active participation as Executive Secretary and regular contributor to the journal’s research.
Coming from a Masonic heritage of nine generations beginning with Dr. James E. Tilton, first Surgeon General of the United States, Terry Tilton was initiated into the Craft in 1976. A quest for Masonic Light was encouraged by his mentor, Rev. Dr. Forrest D. Haggard, Past Grand Master of Masons of Kansas, and continued with his work in establishing Minnesota’s Grand Lodge Education Officer program being appointed the first Grand Lodge LEO in 1993. Taking a special interest in not-for-profit voluntary associations, he has given numerous talks on the research and study of church associations and their similarities to the growth and decline of Freemasonry in North America. Being recently consulted on the discovery of a series of journals reportedly beginning in 1353-1770, he has spent numerous hours studying and attempting to verify the Masonic and Knights Templar connections with North America.
- The socio-economic similarities of volunteer, faith-based, not-for-profit institutions like the Church and the Lodge.
- The Knights Templar, its history and symbolism.
- The hidden spirituality and dualism of our Masonic rituals.
- Historical evidence of Knights Templar and Masonic spirituality.
- Biographical research into the contributions of American Masons to our Craft.