Evangelist Chapter of Rose Croix
Illustrious Fred W. Evans, 33° was born in Ebensburg, PA on March 21, 1938. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy where he graduated in 1960. After graduation, he entered the United States Navy, and served until his retirement as a Lieutenant Commander in 1981.
Ill. Evans first became a member of the Masonic Fraternity when he joined Summit Lodge No. 312 in Ebensburg, PA, where he was Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason in 1969. While serving in the Military, he also become involved in the work of Cherry Blossom Lodge No. 14 and Aomori Lodge No. 14 in Japan. He was unable to become a member of these Lodges because of restrictions on dual membership by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. When he later settled in Maryland, he became an Affiliate Member of Potomac Lodge No. 5, and Joppa Lodge No. 35 both in Washington, DC. He moved through the chairs of Joppa Lodge No. 35 beginning in 2009, and was elected and installed as Worshipful Master in 2012. He was appointed to the office of Assistant Grand Chaplain for the Grand Lodge of Washington in 2013, and served in that capacity until 2015.
Ill. Evans became a member of the Scottish Rite in 1969 in the Valley of Altoona, Pa, and affiliated with the Valley of Washington in 2007. He was appointed as the Assistant Chairman of the Education Committee in 2009, and elected to the officer line in the Chapter of Rose Croix. Ill. Evans received the rank and decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in 2011, and was coroneted as an Inspector General Honorary, 33° in 2015. He became a member of the Royal Order of Scotland in 2009. He also became a member of the Grotto in 2015.
Ill. Evans became a Shriner in 1969 in Jaffa Temple in Altoona, PA, and became a member of Almas Temple in 2007. At Almas he became a member of the Almas Yacht Club in 2007 where he progressed through the line of Bridge Officers and was elected Commodore in 2010. He also served as Secretary of the Yacht Club from 2012 to 2016. In 2010 he joined the Northwest Shrine Club and was elected President in 2011. In 2008 he was invited to become a member of the Order of Quetzalcoatl where he progressed through the line of officers and was elected Camaxali in 2013.
He was elected as an officer of Almas’ Uniformed Units in 2009 and elected as President in 2011. In 2011 he was invited to become a member of the Screwballs and was elected as President in 2015. In 2009 he was appointed to serve as an officer of the Divan, and progressed through several offices when in 2012 he was appointed as First Ceremonial Master. In 2013 he was elected to serve as the Oriental Guide. After progressing through the Elected Divan line, he was elected Potentate of Almas Temple in 2016.
Ill. Evans has been supported in all his associations with the Masonic world by his faithful and most ardent supporter, his wife Imelda. They have two grown kids, David and Susan. Ill. Evans is thankful for all the opportunities that he has been given, and the experiences that he has encountered in his 47 years as a Mason, as a Noble of the Shrine, and as a member of the Scottish Rite.
2017 Evangelist Chapter Officers
|Senior Warden||Peter W. Brusoe, 32° KCCH|
|Junior Warden||Walter Benesch, 32° KCCH|
|Orator||Ill. Alwyn B. Taylor, 33°|
|Master of Ceremonies||Andre Vainqueur, 32°|
|Expert||Christopher A. Tessone, 32°|
|Standard Bearer||Luis G. Cisneros, 32° KCCH|
|Guardian of the Temple||Shannon L. Scott, 32°|
|Trustee||Ill. Fred W. Evans, 33°|
Living Past Wise Masters
|Ill. M. Russell Stogsdill, 33°||1975|
|Ill. Charles S. Iversen, 33°||1979|
|Ill. William B. Craig, 33°||1983|
|Ill. Robert F. Drechsler, 33° GC||1985|
|Ill. Bilal M. Raschid, 33°||1996|
|Ill. Benjamin H. Lim, 33°||1997|
|Ill. William E. Bridegum, 33°||1998|
|Paul T. Sumler, 32° KCCH||2001|
|Ill. Grant R. Berning, 33°||2002|
|Ill. Akram R. Elias, 33°||2003|
|Ill. Franklin A. Gayoso, 33°||2004|
|Ill. William G. L. Turner, 33°||2005|
|Ill. Gordon Lee Ferguson, 33°||2006|
|Ill. Paul D. Gleason, 33°||2007|
|Ill. Geoffrey C. Morell, 33°||2008|
|Ill. Messanvi R. Adjogah, 33°||2011|
|Ill. Luke Young, 33°||2012|
|Marcel J. Desroches, Jr., 32° KCCH||2013|
|Kevin Fries, 32° KCCH||2014|
|Alexander Basilia, 32° KCCH||2015|
|Mark H. Polansky, Sr., 32° KCCH||2016|