Provinces are administrative units within the Order of St. Thomas of Acon. A Province is created when four or more Chapels, located within a specific geographic area, petition the Grand Master’s Council for its creation.

Each Province has its own distinct set of officers, who wear silver escalope shells on their mantel, tunics and caps. These officers assist with the establishment of new Chapels in their area and aid the Grand Master’s Council in providing administrative support.

The head of a Province is the Grand Preceptor. He is a ranking officer within the Grand Master’s Council and may be asked to serve on additional committees.


The Province of the Northwest

Has jurisdiction over Chapels in the North Western United States.

Grand Preceptor

Sir Charles of Garden Grove
Charles Lester Schubert

Provincial Grand Prior

Sir David of Ardencaple
David Alan Grindle

Provincial Grand Treasurer

Sir Jason of Carbon County
Jason C. Varner

Provincial Grand Secretary

Sir Jeremy of Anitsalagi
Jeremy C. Vaughn

Chapels:

  • Tahoma No. 3 (WA)
  • Cascade No. 20 (WA)
  • Rocky Mountain No. 26 (CO)
  • Intermountain No. 27 (ID)


The Province of Pennsylvania

Has jurisdiction over Chapels in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Grand Preceptor

Sir Allen of Hamburg
Allen David Moyer

Provincial Grand Prior

Sir George of Butler
George Frederick Morrow

Provincial Grand Treasurer

Sir George of Brookhaven
George R. Haynes

Provincial Grand Secretary

Sir John of Garrett
John A. Habel, Jr.

Chapels:

  • Pilgrim No. 1
  • The Jordan No. 15
  • Tulpehocken No. 24
  • St. George No. 30


The Province of the South East

Has jurisdiction over Chapels in the South Eastern United States.

Grand Preceptor

Sir Berry of Sonoma
W. Berry Rigdon

Provincial Grand Prior

Sir Charles of Felton
Charles Lee Hollinger

Provincial Grand Treasurer

Sir Lloyd of Mindenhall
Lloyd J. Leinbaugh

Provincial Grand Secretary

Sir Robert of Sparta
Robert G. Officer

Chapels:

  • Shute No. 8 (NC)
  • Crusader No. 13 (FL)
  • Oglethorpe No. 21 (GA)
  • Cornelius No. 22 (TN)
  • Rosslyn No. 33 (TN)


The Province of Texas

Has jurisdiction over Chapels in the State of Texas.

Grand Preceptor

Sir James of Midlothian, KC
James Roy Elliott

Provincial Grand Prior

Sir James of Arlington
James Dale Kirkpatrick

Provincial Grand Treasurer

Sir Christopher of Brenham
Christopher G. Dalrymple

Provincial Grand Secretary

Sir Jackie of Midland
Jackie W. Matthews

Chapels:

  • Dr. George M. Patrick No. 4
  • Lone Star No. 5
  • Tejas No. 6
  • Texas No. 9
  • Goodnight-Loving No. 12
  • Odessa No. 18
  • Thomas Beckett No. 31
  • General Sam Houston No. 32

Any Chapel in the United States that is not listed above is not part of a Province and reports directly to the officers of the Grand Master’s Council.