Our Contributors

R. W. Robert Johnson
Managing Editor

He is a Freemason out of the 2nd N. E. District of Illinois.  He currently serves as the Secretary of Spes Novum Lodge 1183. He is a Past Master of Waukegan Lodge 78 and a Past District Deputy Grand Master for the 1st N. E. District of Illinois.  Brother Johnson currently produces and hosts weekly Podcasts (internet radio programs) "Whence Came You?" which focus on topics relating to Freemasonry.  He is also a co-host of The Masonic Roundtable, a Masonic talk show.  He is a husband and father of four, works full-time in the executive medical industry. He is currently working on a  book of Masonic essays and one on Occult Anatomy to be released soon. He can be reached at wcypodcast@gmail.com

Todd E. Creason, 33°

He is the Founder of the Midnight Freemasons blog, and an award-winning author of several books and novels, including the Famous American Freemasons series.  Todd started the Midnight Freemason blog in 2006, and in 2012 he opened it up as a contributor blog The Midnight Freemasons (plural). Todd has written more than 1,000 pieces for the blog since it began.  He is a Past Master of Homer Lodge No. 199 and Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL) where he currently serves as Secretary.  He is a Past Sovereign Master of the Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees.  He is a Fellow at the Missouri Lodge of Research (FMLR).  He is a charter member of the new Illinois Royal Arch Chapter, Admiration Chapter No. 282 and currently serves as EHP.  You can contact him at webmaster@toddcreason.org

W. B. Gregory J. Knott
Senior Contributor

He is one of the founding contributors to the Midnight Freemasons blog.  He is a Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge No. 970 in St. Joseph (IL), and a plural member of Ogden Lodge No. 754, Homer Lodge No. 199, and Naval Lodge No. 4 in Washington, D.C.  He's a member of the Scot6tish Rite, the York Rite, Eastern Star, and is the Charter Secretary of the Illinois High Twelve Club No. 768 in Champaign-Urbana.  He is also a member of ANSAR Shrine (IL) and the Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees.  Greg serves on the Board of Directors of The Masonic Society and is a member of the Scottish Rite Research Society and The Philalethes Society.He is a charter member of the new Illinois Royal Arch Chapter, Admiration Chapter No. 282 (IL) and serves as its Secretary.  Greg is very involved in Boy Scouts--an Eagle Scout himself, he is a member of the National Association of Masonic Scouters.  you can contact him at gknott63@gmail.com

Steve Harrison, 33°
Senior Contributor

He is a Past Master of Liberty Lodge No. 31, Liberty, Missouri.  He is also a Fellow and Past Master of the Missouri Lodge of Research.  Among his other Masonic memberships are the St. Joseph Missouri Valley of the Scottish Rite, Liberty York Rite bodies, and Moila Shrine.  He is also a member and Past Dean of the DeMolay Legion of Honor.  Brother Harrison is a regular contributor to the Midnight Freemasons blog as well as several other Masonic publications.  Brother Steve was Editor of the Missouri Freemason Magazine for a decade and is a regular contributor to the Whence Came You? podcast.  Born in Indiana, he has a Master's Degree from Indiana University and is retired from a 35-year career in information technology.  Steve and his wife Carolyn reside in northwest Missouri.  He is the author of dozens of magazine articles and three books:  Freemasonry Crosses the Mississippi, Freemasons--Tales From the Craft, and Freemasons at Oak Island.

W. B. Bill Hosler
Midnight Freemasons Regular Contributor

He was raised a Master Mason in 2002 in Three Rivers Lodge No. 733 in Indiana.  He served as Worshipful Master in 2007 and became a member of the internet committee for Indiana's Grand Lodge.  Bill is currently a member of Roff Lodge No. 169 in Roff, Oklahoma and Lebanon Lodge No. 837 in Frisco, Texas.  Bill is also a member of the Valley of Fort Wayne Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in Indiana.  A typical active Freemason, Bill also served as the High Priest of Fort Wayne's Chapter of the York Rite No. 19 and was commander of the Fort Wayne Commandery No. 4 of the Knight Templar.  During all this, he also served as the webmaster and magazine editor for the Mizpah Shrine in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  You can contact him at billhosler@gmail.com

W. B. Darin A. Lahners
Midnight Freemasons Regular Contributor

WB Darin A. Lahners is our Co-Managing Editor. He is a host and producer of the "Meet, Act and Part" podcast.  He is currently serving the Grand Lodge of Illinois Ancient Free and Accepted Masons as the Area Education Officer for the Eastern Masonic Area. He is a Past Master of and the current Worshipful Master of St. Joseph Lodge No.970 in St. Joseph. He is also a plural member of Homer Lodge No. 199 (IL), where he is also a Past Master. He’s a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville, a charter member of Illinois Royal Arch Chapter, Admiration Chapter No. 282 and is the current Secretary of the Illini High Twelve Club No. 768 in Champaign – Urbana (IL). You can reach him by email at darin.lahners@gmail.com. darin.lahners@gmail.com

W.B. Robert Jackson
Midnight Freemasons Regular Contributor

He is a Past and presiding Master of Montgomery Lodge located in Milford, MA. His Masonic lineage includes his Father (Robert Maitland), Grandfather (Maitland Garrecht), and Great Grandfather (Edward Henry Jackson), a founding member of Scarsdale Lodge #1094 in Scarsdale, NY. When not studying ritual, he's busy being a father to his three kids, a husband, Boy Scout Leader, and a network engineer to pay for it all. He can be reached at info@montgomerylodge.org

RWB Spencer A. Hamann
Midnight Freemason Regular Contributor

RWB Spencer Hamann is a luthier and musicologist working in northern Illinois. He is an avid woodworker and artificer and enjoys antique restorations and custom commissions. Curatorship and adding value are core to his personal philosophies. Spencer was Raised in 2013 and served Libertyville Lodge No. 492 as Worshipful Master from 2017-2018. He is the Senior Warden of Spes Novum Lodge No. 1183, and serves the Grand Lodge of Illinois as their Grand Representative to Wisconsin, District Education officer for the 1st NE District, and is a Certified Lodge Instructor (CLI). He can be contacted at spencer@sahamann.com

WB Christopher J. Hathaway
Midnight Freemason Regular Contributor

WB Christopher J. Hathaway was raised in Catlin Masonic Lodge #285 and is the current Worshipful Master of Bloomington Masonic Lodge #43. He belongs to the Valley of Danville, AASR where he is the Most Wise Master of the George E. Burow Chapter of Rose Croix and Membership Chairman. Other appendant bodies include the Gao Grotto, Mohammed Shiners, and the Illinois Lodge of Research. Outside of the lodge, he enjoys spending time with his wife Taylor and cheering on the Fighting Illini and Chicago Cubs. He can be reached at: cjhathaway09@gmail.com

Bro. Randy Sanders
Midnight Freemason Regular Contributor

Bro. Randy and his wife Elyana live in O'Fallon, MO just outside of St. Louis. Randy earned a
Bachelors in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry, and he works in telecom IT. He volunteers his time as a professional and personal mentor, is an NRA certified Chief Range Safety Officer, and enjoys competitive tactical pistol. He has a 30+ year background teaching Wing Chun Kung Fu, Chi Kung, and healing arts. Randy's Masonic bio includes lodge education officer of two blue lodges, running the Wentzville Lodge Book Club, active in York Rite AMD, Scottish Rite Valley of St. Louis co-librarian, Clerk of the Academy Of Reflection through the Valley of Guthrie, a trained facilitator for the Masonic Legacy Society. As a pre-COVID-19 pioneer in Masonic virtual education, Randy is an administrator of Refracted Light and an international presenter on esoteric topics. Randy enjoys facilitating and presenting Masonic esoteric education, and he hosts an open, weekly Masonic virtual Friday Happy Hour. Randy is an accomplished home chef, a certified barbecue judge, raises Great Pyrenees dogs, and enjoys travel and philosophy.

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