MOST EXCELLENT GRAND HIGH PRIEST BIO
Dr. Elton L. Lewis is a professional educator with more than 18 years of experience, who makes a point of breaking each and every stereotype imaginable, while knowing and accepting the challenge of being a positive male role model for the students under his tutelage.
Elton came from very humble beginnings. The son of Cynthia C. Bain and Edward Lewis born January 1, 1979, he was raised by his grandparents, Leo and Bessie Saunders, who very early on instilled in him a “spirit of excellence.” Elton earned top honors from Shadowlawn Elementary School, Horace Mann Middle School, and graduating top 2% of his class at Miami Central Senior High in 1997.
Taking advantage of his full academic Presidential Scholarship at Florida State University, Elton graduated with his well-earned bachelor degrees in Information Studies and Sports Medicine/Kinesiology. He would soon after graduate with a masters degree and doctoral degree in Sports Medicine/Kinesiology from Florida International University (FIU) in 2004 and 2007 respectively.
Masonically, Elton was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on September 2, 2004 in Seminole Lodge No. 291. He has served as District Grand Instructor for Districts 35-39 of the Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge. He served as Worshipful Master of Seminole Lodge from 2008-2011. He was exalted as a Royal Arch Mason at Providence Chapter No. 113 in 2005, where he served as the Excellent High Priest from 2008-2010. He was greeted as a Royal & Select Master at William Johnson Council No. 4 in 2006 and served as Thrice Illustrious Master from 2012-2013. He was dubbed as a Knight Templar in 2007 at St. Arthur’s Commandery No. 90, where he served as Eminent Commander from 2008-2010. By virtue of investirure, he was welcomed into the Garden of the Kings and became a member of Union Priory #6, Knights of the York Cross of Honor in January of 2014. In 2006, he was elevated to a 32nd-degree Mason into Jackson Consistory No. 10 where he served as Commander in Chief from 2013-2015. Because of his diligent work in all of freemasonry he received his coronation and received the 33rd and last degree of masonry in October of 2012. Elton is a member of Kazah Temple No. 149 and was created a Noble in 2006.
Dr. Lewis first became a Grand Officer of the Most Excellent Union Grand Chapter as Assistant Grand Secretary in January 2009 at the very first York Rite Workshop. He then went on to become Right Excellent Grand Secretary, Right Excellent Grand Scribe, Right Excellent Grand King, and Right Excellent Deputy Grand High Priest. On Monday, April 25, 2022 was elected to the position of Most Excellent Grand High Priest by the Companions of this Jurisdiction. He was then anointed, consecrated, installed and took his rightful place at the apex of all Capitular Masonry within the Jurisdiction.
Elton is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Inc., NAACP, and several other organizations, however nothing brings him more joy them simply being called “teacher” by the students he has instructed over the years. For this gives him the most satisfaction and self-assuredness that he has truly been a good steward of all that the Lord has placed in his hands. He will often tell you to just call him “Elton” and skip all the fancy titles. He remains modest through all of his many accolades and accomplishments, never forgetting his humble beginnings and that “spirit of excellence” he learned as a child. He continues to live by a motto he instills in each and every student he instructs, “Excellence is key to any successful life.”