Jon Blake Broyles was born February 29, 1960 in Kirksville, Missouri where he attended school, graduating from Kirksville RIII High School in 1978. He graduated from Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University) in 1982 with a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science. He is a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kirksville. He has served the church as a Deacon and parent in the LOGOS youth program. He again resides in Kirksville after living in Ballwin (St. Louis area) for 18 years. He works in the information technology field, specializing in IT management and networking. MWB Broyles married Anna Spalding of Kirksville in 1981. They have three daughters: Maria, who is married to Bro. Shaun Gottlieb and lives in Florissant Mo; Alexa, who is married to Bro. Stephen Summit and lives in Gladstone, Mo; and Sara who lives in Wentzville, Mo. They are also the proud grandparents of Grace and Shane Summit.
MWB Broyles’ Masonic career began with his initiation in Adair Lodge No. 366, Kirksville. He was initiated on October 9, 1990, passed on November 27, 1990 and raised on December 26, 1990. He held positions in the advancing line for four years and was Senior Warden when he relocated to St. Louis in 1995. He took dual membership in Rose Hill Lodge No. 550 (now Polar Star-Rose Hill No. 79), where he served as Worshipful Master in 1996-1997 and his Lodge received the Grand Lodge Achievement award. MWB Broyles became an Endowed Life Member in 1998. MWB Broyles is a member of the Rose Hill Masonic Temple Association Board of Directors and served as President and as Treasurer. He was a founding member of Cornerstones – Active Masons Club where he served on the Executive Committee and as Assistant Treasurer. He is a member of the Wardens and Masters Clubs and served as Secretary/Treasurer 1999-2006. MWB Broyles has held Ritual Proficiency Cards Subdivisions I and III. He created the first Grand Lodge Internet Web Site and served as its Webmaster from its inception in 1996 to 1999. He served on the Committee on Masonic Education, Associate member 1994-1997, Regular member (filling Ronald D. Miller’s position) 1997-1999, and Chairman 1998-1999. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 61st District, Division B 1997-98 and as Chairman, District Lodge of Instruction 1997-98, on the Committee on College Lodges 2004-2005, and also on the Masonic Youth Committee. He served on the Missouri Grand Master’s Annual Breakfast Committee from 2002 to 2010. He was Conference Planning Chairman for the Midwest Conference on Masonic Education in 1998. He is a member of the Missouri Lodge of Research, joining in 1993, was appointed to the advancing line in 1998 by Zelwin Eaton, and was its Master in 2007. He has been a member of St. Louis Chapter No. 22 of the National Sojourners since 2005.
Jon has served is several capacities on the Masonic Home Board of Directors, was President in 2013 and is currently the Board’s Chairman.
MWB Broyles is a member of the Kirksville York Rite Bodies 1991- Caldwell Chapter No. 53, R.A.M., Kirksville Council No. 44, Cryptic Masons and Ely Commandery No. 22, K.T. and was initiated into Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Allied Masonic Degrees and into the Royal Order of Scotland.
He has been a member of the Valley of St. Louis, Orient of Missouri Scottish Rite since 1996, was appointed to the Consistory line in 1998 and was elected to serve as Venerable Master in 2006. He has served as the 29th Degree Captain, Library committee, IT coordinator and received the Knight Commander Court of Honor in 2005. He was a member of Knights of St. Andrew, Valley of St. Louis and was organizing officer and Chairman in 2004 and Privy Council member in 2005. He has been a member of Moila Temple, St. Joseph, Missouri, A.A.O.N.M.S. since 1991. He was a member of the El Kadir Shrine Association and Club 1991-1995, and served on the board as Secretary and Treasurer. He has been a member of Moolah Temple, St. Louis, Missouri, A.A.O.N.M.S. since 2001. He has been a member of the Highlanders (Bagpipe & Drum) Unit since 2001 and was President 2004. He became a member of the DeMolay Youth Committee in 2005.
MWB Jon has served as the Associate Bethel Guardian Bethel No. 44, International Order of Job’s Daughters of Ballwin; Finance Committee and Fraternal Relations of Bethel No.4, I.O.J.D. of Creve Coeur; and currently serves as Associate Bethel Guardian of Bethel #32, I.O.J.D. of Bridgeton; and was Associate Grand Bethel Guardian in 2003-2004 for the Grand Bethel of Missouri, I.O.J.D.
MWB Broyles was chapter adviser and co-chairman for Perfection Chapter DeMolay, served on the DeMolay Eastern Region Athletics committee, Area Governor for Missouri DeMolay and received the Legion of Honor – Honorary in 2005 from the International Order of DeMolay
He has been a member of Rose Hill Chapter No. 120, Order of the Eastern Star since 2002 and served as Worthy Patron in 2004.
MWB Broyles’ family is also active in Masonic organizations, where all three of his daughters have served as Honored Queen of Bethel No. 4 of Job’s Daughters and his wife Anna has served as the Bethel Guardian there. Anna and daughter Maria are also members of Rose Hill Chapter No. 120, Order of the Eastern Star. Anna was also a member of Sydyk Temple No. 107, Daughters of the Nile.
At the 184th Communication of the Grand Lodge of Missouri held in Columbia, Missouri on September 26 and 27, 2005, MWB Broyles was appointed to the position of Senior Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge advancing officer line by MWB John M. Nations, and has now progressed through the line to become our Grand Master.