The Honorable Arvin Wesley Clyde Glass, is the sixteenth Most Worshipful Grand Master of Prince Hall Masons for the Jurisdiction of Tennessee, having succeeded Most Worshipful Grand Master, Benjamin L. Hooks, J.D., following his death in April 2010. Most Worshipful Glass was then unanimously elected at the 140th Annual Session held in Knoxville, Tennessee and has succeeded himself by unanimous vote in the last seven subsequent sessions.
Grand Master Glass was born in Cleveland, Ohio, educated in the Cleveland Public School System and attended Arkansas A.M. & N. College in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
He is a Viet Nam Era Veteran of the United States Army, having served six years active duty and attained the rank of Sergeant.
He retired from the FedEx Express Corporation after 24 years of service in the Sort and Facilities Management Group. He was a Maintenance Manager and was responsible for heavy maintenance and repairs of the Sort and Materials Handling Equipment. He is a two time winner of the FedEx Purple Heart award as well as the coveted FedEx Quality Service Award.
Family is of the utmost importance to Grand Master Glass. He and his wife, Joyce Godwin Glass are the proud parents of two daughters and they have been blessed with three beautiful Grand Daughters.
He is a long time member of the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Disciples of Christ and has been active in several of the outreach ministries there. He is an active member of his Community and is heavily involved in civic affairs on the City, County and State level.
Grand Master Glass believes that the Masonic organization, although not involved in politics, must educate its members about the political process.
Masonically, Grand Master Glass is a Past Master of North Star Lodge No. 164, Past President of the Memphis District Masters and Past Masters Council, Past High Priest, Honorary Past Most Excellent Grand High Priest, Honorary Past General Grand Conference High Priest, Honorary Past Grand Thrice Illustrious Master, Past Right Eminent Grand Commander and was Knighted Honorary Most Eminent Grand Master of Knights Templar at the 89th Grand Conclave. He is a Past Commander in Chief, Past President of the Memphis Commanders of the Rite, Past President of the Tennessee Commanders of the Rite and Honorary Past Illustrious Potentate.
Grand Master Glass is a Sovereign Grand Inspector General and Active Member of the United Supreme Council, 33°, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliated, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. Grand Master Glass has served the United Supreme Council as Grand Deputy for the Orient of Tennessee, Grand Marshall, Treasurer General of the Holy Empire and Lieutenant Grand Commander.
He has been a member of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Tennessee for twenty-five years, serving under the leadership and mentorship of the late Most Worshipful Grand Master William E. Blevins Sr., and the legendary Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks. He is Past Executive Editor of the Masonic Voice Newsletter and has served in Stations and Places as Senior Grand Deacon, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence and Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master. Grand Master Glass is Past Vice President of the Conference of Grand Master’s Charitable Foundation and Past President and Regional Chair of the Southeast Regional Conference of Grand Masters which encompasses the Jurisdictions of Alabama, Arkansas, Bahamas, Caribbean, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.
Grand Master Glass has received recognition and numerous awards during his Masonic career to include Master Mason of the Year, York Rite Man of the Year, Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Year and most recently by unanimous vote at the 146th Annual Communication, the Tennessee Prince Hall Masonic Charity was named the Arvin W. Glass Charitable Foundation in his honor.