The Hon. Jeffery G. Jones – Most Worshipful Grand Master
Jeffery Gerard Jones a resident of West Palm Beach, Florida was born in 1963 in Lake Worth, Florida to the late Jerome Jake Jones and Mildred Knight-Jones. His mother (a retired educator) still resides in nearby Royal Palm Beach, FL. He is married to Yolanda Jones. They have 3 daughters (Chena, Erika, & Lakisha), 1 son (Jimmie) and 8 grandchildren (Cedrick, Darren Jr., Joshua, Jake, Niyema, Korrin, Jimmie III, and Kayla). Brother Jones accepted the Lord as his personal savior at an early age and was baptized in the presence of God by Rev. Isaiah S. Clark at Union Missionary Baptist Church in West Palm Beach. Brother Jones was educated in the Palm Beach County school systems receiving his high school diploma in 1981 from North Shore Senior High School. Brother Jones furthered his education enrolling at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida. While Attending Florida A & M University, Brother Jones was a member of the world renowned “Marching 100” Band.
In April of 1985, Brother Jones was raised from a dead level to a living perpendicular to stand on the square in Thomas City Lodge #226 in Wacissa, Florida by Worshipful Master Willie King. In the summer of 1986, Brother Jones Graduated from Florida A & M University’s College of Engineering Science and Technology with a B.S. in Technology Degree. Upon his graduation Brother Jones returned to his hometown to begin his career in Information Management. He has been employed by Florida Power & Light for 33+ years. He is currently Principal IT Project Manager; with responsibility for managing the integration and deployment of new Network Infrastructures for all FPL new construction projects within the entire Florida service territory.
In 1988, Brother Jones moved his Masonic membership from Thomas City Lodge #226 in Wacissa to the Pride of Palm Beach Lodge #447 in West Palm Beach. Brother Jones quickly went to work after being appointed to the Junior Deacon position by Worshipful Master Alfred J. Jones. Brother Jones held all positions in the lodge eventually being elected to Worshipful Master in 1995. He passed the gavel on in 1997 leaving the new Worshipful Master & the Lodge in excellent financial shape. In 1999 Brother Jones was recommended and did receive his honorary 33° degree in Little Rock, Arkansas and was a member of the of S. J. Bennett class of 1999. The degree was conferred upon him by SGIG Edgar Bridges, Sovereign Grand Commander of the Southern Jurisdiction. Brother Jones has affiliations with or served as the leader of several other Masonic houses and community-based organizations including: A.T. Stafford #10 RAM, Walter Johnson Jr Council #13 RAS Masters, Ft. Pierce Commandery #69, Knight Templar Masons, Sam Brady Consistory #312, Masud Temple #69, and Valentine Chapter #12 OES. Brothers Jones is also affiliated with the Grand Court and Grand Council of the Heroines of Jericho and Ladies of the Circle of Perfection, respectively. He is a member of the West Palm Beach Chapter of the NAACP, The FPLPAC (Florida Power & Light Political Action Committee), United Way Fair Share Contributors, and Lambda Alpha Alpha Chapter, of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Over his Masonic career, Brother Jones has held various positions and has chaired various committees, including but not limited to: Worshipful Master, Most Excellent Hight Priest, Thrice Ill. Master, Eminent Commander, Illustrious Potentate, Grand Master of Ceremonies, Florida Council of Deliberation, Desert of Florida Chief Rabban, Imperial Deputy of the Oasis of West Palm Beach, Imperial Organizer, Desert of Florida, General Chairman Gala Day 2008, Assistant District Deputy Grand Master District #31, Grand Trustee-MWUGL of Florida.
In 2009, Brother Jones was nominated, elected, and duly installed as the Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden of this great Masonic Jurisdiction, in 2010 he was elected to the office of Right Worshipful Senior Grand Warden, and again in 2015 he was duly elected and installed as the Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master. In 2018 Brother Jones was Consecrated a SGIG Active Emeritus member of the United Supreme Council and 2020 he become a member of the Knight York Cross of Honor having served as the leader of all York Rite Masonic Bodies.
In the year 2020; Having been tried and found worthy through his service to the Jurisdiction of Florida, Brother Jones was elected and duly installed as the 19th Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge of Florida. It was done so in the presence of God and a lawful number of Master Masons duly assembled at the Jurisdiction’s 150th Grand Communication. Brother Jones is a dedicated mason who has Prince Hall Masonry deeply rooted within his heart and through the grace of God he will continue to serve the Jurisdiction of Florida for many years to come.
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Chief Executive Officer – Gerald McKenzie
Gerald McKenzie is a trial lawyer and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1990. During his career, he has served on the Boards of various nonprofit organizations and Banks. Mr. McKenzie earned his BA Degree in Economics from Swarthmore College, his MBA Degree in Finance from The Wharton Graduate School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctorate Degree from Widener University School of Law.
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Foundation Vice President – Melvin F. Wright
Melvin F. Wright received his formal education from attending American Business College in Jacksonville, Florida from 1967 – 1969. He additionally attended Jones Business College while employed as a United States Postal Worker. Mr. Wright retired from the Postal Service in 2010 after 37 years of faithful service. He has a total of 41 years of service to our Federal Government including his honorable service of 4 years in the United States Marine Corp. Mr. Wright is an ordained Deacon and is certified by the National Baptist Publishing Board as a teacher in the District, State, and National Baptist Congress of Christian Education.
Foundation Secretary – Lillian L. Carter
Lilian Carter is a retired Miami-Dade County School Board educator, with 33 years of experience. She served 20 years as the Communications Department Chairperson at Miami Norland Senior High School and taught English for 10 years in the North Miami Beach Adult Education Program. Mrs. Carter received her former education at Florida A&M University receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English; furthering her educational resume by obtaining a Master of Science Degree in Information Science from Nova Southeastern University. She is Certified in Library Science receiving her certification from the University of Miami and has completed extended studies at Barry University, Florida International University, and Florida Memorial University.
Foundation Treasurer – John M. Grayson
John Grayson earned a degree in accounting from Bethune-Cookman University and an MBA from NOVA Southeastern University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and owner of Grayson Accounting & Consulting, P.A. Mr. Grayson is the former Inspector General for both the Florida Public Service Commission and Florida Department of Education. In 2003, John transition to the full-time practice of public accounting and provides accounting and tax services to individuals, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Mr. Grayson has served on several nonprofit Boards and currently serves on the Board of Directors of First Commerce Credit Union and the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce.
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