About the Scottish Rite

“The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in the United States often omits the and, while the English Constitution in the United Kingdom omits the Scottish), commonly known as simply the Scottish Rite (or, in England and Australia, as the Rose Croix although this is only one of its degrees), is one of several Rites of Freemasonry. A Rite is a progressive series of degrees conferred by various Masonic organizations or bodies, each of which operates under the control of its own central authority. In the Scottish Rite the central authority is called a Supreme Council.

The Scottish Rite is one of the appendant bodies of Freemasonry that a Master Mason may join for further exposure to the principles of Freemasonry. It is also concordant, in that some of its degrees relate to the degrees of Symbolic (Craft) Freemasonry. In England and some other countries, while the Scottish Rite is not accorded official recognition by the Grand Lodge, only a recognised Freemason may join and there is no prohibition against his doing so. In the United States, however, the Scottish Rite is officially recognized by Grand Lodges as an extension of the degrees of Freemasonry. The Scottish Rite builds upon the ethical teachings and philosophy offered in the Craft (or Blue) Lodge, through dramatic presentation of the individual degrees.”

Source: Wikipedia

To find out more, visit the official page of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction at https://scottishrite.org/

About RiteCare®

About the Program

In the early 1950s in Colorado, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States initiated a program to help children with speech and language disorders. The results obtained from this program led to the establishment of RiteCare clinics to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities.

Today, there are 178 RiteCare® clinics, centers, and special programs operating or planned for children and therapists located throughout the United States. Each facility is staffed by speech-language pathologists or other trained personnel. Through the support of Scottish Rite members, these clinics, centers, and programs continue to increase. The value of this philanthropy has long been apparent. Tens of thousands of youngsters across the United States have been helped significantly. With the good work of dedicated clinicians and parents, the Scottish Rite has achieved successes that could only be imagined a few years back. Children who might have remained educationally behind for a lifetime can now talk, read, and lead productive lives.

Program Eligibility

As a rule, the RiteCare® Clinics accept preschool children who have difficulty speaking or understanding the spoken word or school-age children who have difficulty learning to read. Some centers also offer literacy training for adults.

Inquiries on age groups and program offerings in specific areas should be addressed to the director of the local Scottish Rite facility. Equally important, all services are available regardless of race, creed, or the family’s inability to pay.

While all children in need are eligible for available RiteCare® Program treatment, please consult with your local facility for specific financial information.

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No part of this website may be reproduced without written permission from webmaster@scottishrite.org.

Contact the JIS Scottish Rite Center

Andy Chapman, 33°
Kenneth Lothridge, 32° KCCH
Kevin S. Mertens, 32° KCCH

Mailing Address:
Scottish Rite Temple
P.O. Box 5776
Greenville, SC 29606-5776

110 Edinburgh Court
Suite B
Greenville, SC 29607-2555

Telephone: (864) 203-3289
Email: jisscottishrite@gmail.com

Prescription Program

Scottish Rite Masons Prescription Savings Card

For those of you who are not aware of this, the Scottish Rite is participating in a prescription savings card program, which benefits the RiteCare Centers every time it is used. The cards are free. It is a program for those who don’t have a prescription card that will give them a discount on their medications. If you are interested in getting one of these cards, see Ill. Ed Snow, our General Secretary.




Ill Michael Broom, 33°

Personal Representative of the Deputy

Edward “Ed” Snow, 33°

General Secretary

Edward “Ed” Snow, 33°

Directors of Work

Shane Culbertson, 32° KCCH
Michael D. Peeler, 32° KCCH

Classroom Director

Michael D. Peeler, 32° KCCH

Greenville Lodge of Perfection (4° – 14°)

Venerable Master: John Thomas Mowbray, 32° KCCH
Senior Warden: John Seaborn Rush, 32°
Junior Warden: Michael David Peeler, 32° KCCH
Secretary: Edward Dean Snow, 33°
Treasurer: Kevin Stuart Mertens, 32° KCCH
Prelate: G. Kent Elkins, 33°, PGM
Almoner: J. Dennis Julian, 33°
Tiler: Gerald Clarence Reeves, 33°
Orator: Josph Ansel Morgan, Jr. 32°
Master of Ceremonies: Ronald Lee Dodson, 32°
Expert: James Whitney Barr, 32° KCCH
Assitant Expert: Robert Clarence Griffin, 32°
Captain of the Host: Vernon Lee Aultman, 32° KCCH

Greenville Chapter of Rose Croix (15° – 18°)

Wise Master: Paul Austin Anderson,32°
Senior Warden: Michael Wayne Heatherly, 32°
Junior Warden: Deane Arthur McKinley, 32°
Secretary: Edward Dean Snow, 33°
Treasurer: Kevin Stuart Mertens, 32° KCCH
Prelate: G. Kent Elkins, 33°, PGM
Almoner: J. Dennis Julian, 33°
Tiler: Gerald Clarence Reeves, 33°
Master of Ceremonies: Aaron Lee Duncan, 1st, 32° KCCH
Expert: Mark Anthony Irby, Jr. 32°
Assitant Expert: Patricio Marre¢, 32°
Standard Bearer: Johnnie Milton Jones, Jr. 32° KCCH
Guardian of the Temple: Terry Stanley Pruitt, 32° KCCH

Greenville Council of Kadosh (19° – 30°)

Commander of Kadosh: Dennis Eugene Case, 32° KCCH
1st Lt. Commander: Thomas E Watson, JGW
2nd Lt. Commander: William Roscoe Bryant, Sr. 32° KCCH
Secretary: Edward Dean Snow, 33°
Treasurer: Kevin Stuart Mertens, 32° KCCH
Prelate: G. Kent Elkins, 33°, PGM
Almoner: J. Dennis Julian, 33°
Tiler: Gerald Clarence Reeves, 33°
Chancellor: William Roscoe Bryant Jr. 32° KCCH
Master of Ceremonies: J. Paul McWilliams, Jr. 32° KCCH
Draper: T. Shane Culbertson, 33°
Turcopolier: Tyler Dewitt Benton, 32°
1st Deacon: James Waylon Lyle, 32° KCCH
2nd Deacon: Michael David Peeler, 32° KCCH
Bearer of Beauseant: Timothy John Bates, 32° KCCH
Bearer of White Standard: William Richard Key, 32° KCCH
Bearer of Black Standard: Ryan Kane Merritt, 32°
Captain of the Guard: William Lee O’Neal, 32°

Greenville Consistory (31° – 32°)

Master of Kadosh: James Ralph Humphreys, 33°
Prior: Daniel Edward Rancourt, 32°
Preceptor: T. Shane Culbertson, 33°
Secretary: Edward Dean Snow, 33°
Treasurer: Kevin Stuart Mertens, 32° KCCH
Prelate: G. Kent Elkins, 33°, PGM
Almoner: J. Dennis Julian, 33°
Tiler: Gerald Clarence Reeves, 33°
Chancellor: Kenneth Ray Quinn, 32° KCCH
Minister of State: Eric Scott Ostrander, 32°
Master of Ceremonies: Thomas Edgar Hayden, 32° KCCH
Expert: Ronnie Paul Richards, 32° KCCH
Assitant Expert: Edward May Pool, 33°
Captain of the Guard: Richard D. Jeffress, 32°

Master Craftsman Program

About the Master Craftsman program

The Scottish Rite Master Craftsman (SRMC) program is an exciting, by-mail correspondence course designed and administered by staff at the House of the Temple in Washington, DC, under the guidance and leadership of the Supreme Council, 33°, of the A&A Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, USA. Currently, three courses and a Group Studies Program constitute the SRMC.

What will you study?

While a Scottish Rite, SJ, member may use Group Studies program at any time, the three courses are meant to be taken in the following order:

  • Program I: The Symbolic Lodge will familiarize students with aspects of the development of Blue Lodge Masonry and explore some of its developing symbolism. This will reveal that the “High Degrees” began to develop soon after formation of the Premier Grand Lodge (1717). Albert Pike’s book, Esoterika: The Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry, along with Arturo de Hoyos’s Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide (3d ed.) will be used to demonstrate a rational and philosophical interpretation for much of what is found in Craft Masonry.
  • Program II: Scottish Rite History & Ritual consists of six lessons, utilizing the Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide by Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, Grand Cross, and A Bridge to Light (4th ed.) by Rex Hutchens, 33°, Grand Cross, as its textbooks.
  • Program III: Scottish Rite Philosophy uses Albert Pike’s Morals & Dogma, Annotated Edition, by Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, Grand Cross and returns to the ritual of the Scottish Rite to re-explore it on a deeper level, by looking for the moral lesson imparted in each degree and then applying that lesson to one’s everyday life. The course consists of 33 quizzes, grouped into 10 sections

Upon completion of each course listed above, the participant will be rewarded with a medal or pins to denote multiple completions.The Group Studies program operates differently from the three courses. 

Source: The Supreme Council, 33º, Southern Jurisdiction, USA

Knights of Saint Andrew

The Knights of St. Andrew meet following regular business meetings.

If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Knights of St. Andrew, please ask any member!

Double Eagle Award

The Double Eagle Award recognizes those members who are active and participate in the various activities and functions of the Greenville Valley. It is available to all members, and the only requirement is your participation! And it’s so easy! Just keep track of your points, and turn them in!

Here are two forms you can use to keep track of your points as you earn them:

The first 500 points earns you the basic medal.

You will receive corresponding bars as you reach earn level for additional points earned:

Basic Medal 500
Red Bar 2,000
White Bar 5,000
Blue Bar 10,000
Gold Name Bar 25,000
Emerald Stone 50,000
Ruby Gem 75,000
Diamond Jewel 100,000

Note: points are cumulative.