John R Christopher
Right Worshipful John Christopher lives in Guthrie, Oklahoma with his wife Patricia. He retired from the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard as a Chief Master Sergeant after 32 years of military service. After retiring from the service, he worked as an Engineer and Program Staff Manager for Northrop Grumman in Denver, Colorado and at Tinker AFB here in Oklahoma. He also held an Assistant Information Technology Director position with the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education, and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Information Technology at Rose State College and the University of Central Oklahoma. He is active in his church and has served on the governing board of the church (vestry), as a member, Treasurer, and Chairman. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Columbia College in Columbia Missouri, and a Master of Computer Information Systems from the University of Denver.
John was raised at South Gate Lodge #138 in Denver, Colorado and served as Master of South Gate in 2004 and still holds membership in that lodge. In 2005 he moved to Guthrie and in 2008 affiliated with Guthrie Lodge #35, where he is a perpetual member. He served Guthrie as Worshipful Master in 2012 and is currently a trustee. He is a member of Edmond Lodge #37, the Oklahoma Lodge of Research, and a perpetual member and past Secretary of Albert Pike #162.
R∴W∴ Christopher is a perpetual member of the Guthrie Scottish Rite Valley, and has been invested as a 32° Knight Commander Court of Honor (KCCH). He served as Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection in 2017, participates in the 12th and 32nd degree teams, and directs the 4th degree team. He also has conducted tours of the temple when needed. In the York Rite, he served the Grand Royal Arch Chapter as the Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Oklahoma in 2020 – 2021. He is a perpetual member and Past Commander, Past Illustrious Master, and Past High Priest of Guthrie Commandery #1, Guthrie Council #48, and Guthrie Chapter #6. John joined El Jebel Shrine in Denver Colorado where he served as Master of Ceremonies and Chaplain, and served as President of the El Jebel Shrine Clowns and RV Roamers. After moving his membership to India Shrine in Oklahoma City, he became active as a member of India Clowns for a few years. He is a member of Guthrie Chapter #12, Order of the Eastern Star, which he served as Worthy Patron in 2015. He is also a member of KYCH Priory #9, Tinker Chapter #43, National Sojourners, Plinth Court #91 Order of Athelstan, Prince of Peace – Red Cross of Constantine, James C. Taylor Council #520, Allied Masonic Degrees, Joseph S. Lewis Council #66, Knight Masons, York Rite College #75, and Oklahoma Rosicrucian College, S.R.I.C.F.
In addition to KCCH, he has received the Knight of York Grand Cross of Honor (KYGCH), and the Rainbow Grand Cross of Color. He and his loving wife Pat have been married for over 55 years with two children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren (at last count).