M∴W∴ Glen Bennett Bishop was born on January 24, 1969, at Bayfront Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. He graduated Northeast High School in 1988 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1989, serving from 1989 to 1999. After graduating from Parris Island, his first duty station was MCAS Cherry Point, NC, where he was deployed for the First Gulf War, a Mediterranean Float, and to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. During the next three years he was stationed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and promoted to the rank of E-5 or Sergeant where he served as an A Billet on Recruiting duty where he received a Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal. In his last three years of service, he was stationed at MCB Camp Pendleton where he served on the General Staff where he was again promoted, this time to E-6 or Staff Sergeant. During this tour of duty, he received a 2nd Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and a Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal. It was at this duty station where he chose not to re-enlist and was Honorably Discharged in 1999. During his tenure with the Marine Corps, M∴W∴ Bishop attended Park University where he obtained a BS in Management Computer Information Systems. Additionally, he attended Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Leadership School, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer (Staff NCO) Leadership School, and Department of Defense – Systems Administrator School.
Returning to his family in Pinellas County, Florida, M∴W∴ Bishop put his Information Technology education to work as a Network Administrator and then further into Project Engineering, where he currently practices today. It was in 1983, when he first met the love of his life Odessa Lee McCabe and then reconnecting again in 2015, thereby finding his true love, proposed marriage on Valentine’s Day in 2020, with a small private ceremony held on January 21, 2021.
In 2006, M∴W∴ Bishop petitioned Clearwater Lodge No. 127 and was Initiated an Entered Apprentice Mason in May of 2006, Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft in June 2006, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in September of 2006. He has served as Worshipful Master of Clearwater No. 127 in 2010 and in 2016. M∴W∴ Bishop has served our Grand Lodge in various District and Zone Committees as well as on the Masonic Home Board of Trustees and the Corporate Board. In May of 2013, he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the 20th Masonic District by M∴W∴ Danny R. Griffith. M∴W∴ Stanley L. Hudson appointed him as District Instructor in 2016. M∴W∴ Richard G. Hoover appointed him as W∴ Grand Marshal in 2017 and presented him with the John P. Duval Award in 2018. Also in 2018, he was appointed Grand Representative to The Grand Lodge of State Baja California.
M∴W∴ Bishop is a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Tampa and has been invested a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor. He is also a member of Egypt Shriners; Selama Grotto; Clearwater York Rite Bodies; Queen Ester Chapter No. 4, Order of the Eastern Star; and the Royal Order of Scotland.
M∴W∴ Bishop was elected to the station of Junior Grand Warden on May 27, 2020; Senior Grand Warden on June 2, 2021; Deputy Grand Master on June 1, 2022; and installed Most Worshipful Grand Master on May 31, 2023.
I want to first thank the Craft for electing me to serve you and this great Fraternity as Grand Master. It is an honor and at the same time humbling. I will do everything to uphold the tradition and responsibility of this office. And to work as hard as those who have come before me.
M∴W∴ Glen B. Bishop