Grand High Priest

Most Excellent Companion Phillip Palmer, Jr.
Grand High Priest – 2017-2018


The Jewel and Collar of the Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the District of Columbia

I was introduced into masonry by my father Philip Palmer Sr., who sponsored and initiated me in the St. Georges Lodge No. 2506 (EC) in 1985, while serving as the Worshipful master. I took time off masonry for a few years to pursue my education, and in the meantime, got married to my wife Glennis and started a family of my own.

MEC Philip Palmer, Sr., PGHP, installs his son, MEC Philip Palmer, Jr. as Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons of the District of Columbia

I live in Bowie, MD with my wife Glennis and our 3 children: 2 sons (Philip III who is the eldest & Jonis) and 1 daughter Karina, who is the youngest.

I affiliated to Fiat Lux Lodge # 1717 DC, in 1997 and have served as the head of its three bodies: Worshipful Master of the lodge in 2009, High Priest of the chapter in 2010, Thrice Illustrious Master of the council in 2011. I have also had the honor of serving as Grand Officers in the Grand Lodge, Grand Council and the Grand Chapter in which I had the honor of being elected as Grand High Priest for the 2017 capitulary year.

I am also a member of the DC Scottish Rite, Valley of Washington Orient of the District of Columbia where I have achieved the rank of 32° KCCH, and had had the distinction of serving as the Venerable Master of Kadosh of the Albert Pike Consistory. I have also been taking active part in the conferral of the 18th degree during the spring and fall reunions for the past 7 years.

I’m a graduate of the University of Maryland where I obtained my Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees. I currently work for a government contractor in McLean, VA where I’m the Lead Talent Acquisition Specialist. The work is very fulfilling for me as it helps me meet & assist people along the way.

I am a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, MD where I am a very active member, volunteering my services in, and leading, several committees in the church.