Michael L. Sampson
Was born in Bridgeport, Alabama. He graduated from Virgil I. Grissom High School in Huntsville, Alabama. He attended The University of Alabama, Huntsville obtaining a BA in Behavioral Sciences and Criminal Justice. He joined the Houston Police Department in 1979. He served the citizens of Houston as a Police Officer for 30 years. While a member of the Houston Police Department he served in several different assignments. While in uniform patrol he also served as a Field Training Officer and Performance Evaluator. He was also assigned to the Homicide Division as an Investigator. He returned to Uniform Patrol where he worked as a Fugitive Investigator until the time of his retirement in January of 2010.
Dad Sampson met his wife Karen Williams while they were both working for the Houston Police Department. Karen Sampson served the citizens of Houston as a Police Officer for 23 years. They have been married for 30 years. They have two daughters Kasey 27 and Kaitlyn 22. Kaitlyn is a Majority Rainbow Girl and served as DeMolay State Sweetheart in 2009-2010. They are members of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Pearland.
Dad Sampson joined, Pearland Lodge, now C. F. Spencer Masonic Lodge No. 1384 in 1986. He became a Master Mason on September 29, 1986. In 2005-2006 he served a Worshipful Master of C. F. Spencer Lodge. Since then he has served as Treasurer in 2010-2011 and Secretary 2012 to present. He also served a Vice-President of the MWSA of District 31-A in 2006-2007. He became an Endowed member in 2003. C. F. Spencer Lodge honored him with the Golden Trowel Award in 2010 for service to the Lodge.
Dad Sampson joined Lone Star Lodge 660 and the Texas Lodge of Research in 2009. He also joined Tranquility Lodge 2000 in 2011. He also became a member of Bridgeport Lodge No. 543 in Bridgeport, Alabama in 2013.
Dad Sampson has served the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas as, District Deputy Grand Master in 2009, for Grand Master David Counts. He has also served on the Masonic Youth Activities Committee in 2012 and 2013.
Dad Sampson became a Shriner at Arabia Shrine Center in September of 2003. He served as a Potentate’s Aide in 2006. He served as Marshal in 2007, 2008 and 2011. He also served as the Vice-President of the Southeast Shrine Club in 2005. He served as President of the Southeast Shrine Club in 2006 and 2012.
Dad Sampson was exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Park Place Chapter No. 458 in 2003 and is an endowed member. Dad Sampson was greeted a Royal and Select Master in Park Place Council No. 373 in 2003 and is an endowed member. (M. I. Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Texas on October 21, 2008.)
Dad Sampson was Knighted in Park Place Commandery No.106 in 2003 and is an endowed member. He is a Life Sponsor of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.
In 2004, he received his Scottish Rite Degrees in the Valley of Houston and currently serves as Senior Warden of the San Jacinto Lodge of Perfection.He is an endowed member of the Houston Valley. He received his Knight Commander of the Court of Honor (KCCH) in 2009. He currently is serving on the 32nd Degree Conferral Team.
He is a member and a Past Patron, 2007-2008 and 2012-2013, of Pearland Chapter No. 1065, Order of the Eastern Star.
Dad Sampson served five years as Chairman of the Advisory Board of Pearland Rainbow Assembly. Joining the Board in 2004 and became Chairman in 2005-2009. He also served as Chapter Dad in 2012. Dad Sampson served the Grand Assembly of Texas IORG as a member of the Committee on Work. He served as Chairman of that committee twice. He also served as Chairman of the Youth Protection Committee. He received the Grand Cross of Color in 2005.
Dad Sampson Joined the Advisory Council of John Wayne DeMolay Chapter in 2011. Serving as an Advisor in 2012 and 2013. He was appointed Conclave Program Chairman in 2012. He was awarded the Honorary Legion of Honor in 2013.
Dad Sampson was appointed as the Personal Representative of the Grand Master of DeMolay for the State of Texas on September 18, 2013. And elevated to Executive Offier at the International Supreme Council Session in Kansas City on June 21, 2014.
Dad Sampson is a member of the Pearland Lions Club.
Tommy F. Chapman
Deputy Executive Officer
Tommy Frank Chapman was born in Port Arthur, Texas to Edward E. Chapman, Sr. and Anna Y. Chapman. He married Kathy on May 10, 1985.
Tommy and Kathy are the parents of two children: Katie Rendon and Chance Chapman. Katie is married to Timothy Rendon, who is also a member of Nederland Lodge. The Chapmans are members of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Nederland, Texas. Following his graduation from Nederland High School in 1980 Tommy attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Tommy went to work for the Jefferson County Sheriff Department in 1985 and retired in May 2019. He has earned two Masters Certificates from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.
Tommy was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on May 10, 1983 in Nederland Lodge No. 1368. He served as Worshipful Master of Nederland Lodge in 1990-1991. Tommy was presented with the Golden Trowel Award for Exceptional Service by Nederland Lodge in 2002. He currently holds a Class A Certificate which expires in 2019, giving him 23 total years. Tommy served as District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District No. 26-A in 1995. He served on the Grand Lodge Committee on Petitions in 1992 and served on the Grand Lodge Youth Activities Committee from 2005 until 2011, serving as Chairman in 2008, 2010, and 2011 and Vice-Chairman in 2009. Tommy served as Grand Master Conference Chairman in 2003. He served as Area Coordinator for the Grand Master in 2006. He also has served as Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Benin near the Grand Lodge of Texas since 2006. Tommy was appointed to the Texas Masonic Youth Foundation in 2007 and serves on the Grants Committee. He also served on the Special Assignments Committee in 2009 and as its Vice-Chairman in 2010. He was again appointed to serve as Chairman on the Youth Activities Committee in 2013 and 2014. He was appointed Special Deputy to the Most Worshipful Grand Master in 2013. He was elected Grand Junior Warden in December 2014, Grand Senior Warden in December 2015, Deputy Grand Master in January 2017, and Most Worshipful Grand Master in January 2018.
Tommy was exalted in the Port Neches Chapter No. 436, Royal Arch Masons and served as High Priest in 1992-1993. He received the Order of High Priesthood in 1992. Tommy served on the Grand Chapter Credentials Committee in 1995.He served as District Deputy Grand High Priest for Capitular District No. 5 in 2000. He also served on the Grand Chapter Committee on Grievances and Appeals from 2007-2009. Also, he served on the Grand Officers Reports Committee in 2009. He was appointed to the Purposes and Polices Committee in 2014 and served as Chairman in 2015 and 2016. In 2010, he was appointed as Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Montana near the Grand Chapter of Texas. He was elected Right Excellent Grand Scribe in 2009, Right Excellent Grand King in 2010, Right Excellent Deputy Grand High Priest in 2011, and Most Excellent Grand High Priest in 2012.
Tommy was greeted in Port Neches Council No. 413, Royal and Select Masters and served as Thrice Illustrious Master in 1993-1994. He received the Order of the Silver Trowel in 1993. Tommy served as District Deputy Grand Master for Cryptic District No. 5 in 1997. He served on the Grand Council By-Laws Committee from 1999-2003 and served as Chairman of that committee in 2004. He served on the Grand Council Purposes and Policies Committee in 2005. Tommy served as Illustrious Grand Conductor of the Council in 2001 and again in 2005. He served as Special Deputy to the Grand Master in 2005. He has served the Grand Council as Grand Representative of the Grand Council of Portugal near the Grand Council of Texas since 2005. Tommy was elected Right Illustrious Grand Principal Conductor of the Work in 2005, Right Illustrious Deputy Grand Master in 2006, and Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Texas in 2007. He received the Cryptic Triangle Award in 2009. He served on the Finance Committee from 2009-2014.and served as the Co-Chairman in2013. He is currently serving on the Jurisprudence Committee.
Tommy was elected as Vice-President of the York Rite Esoteric Association in 2009. In 2010, he was elected to serve as President.
Tommy was knighted as a Knight Templar in Port Arthur Commandery No. 73 and is a dual member of Beaumont Commandery No. 38. He served as Commander of Beaumont Commandery in 2000. He was appointed to the Grand Commandery Dispensations and Charters Committee in 2001. He became a member of the Sovereign Order of the Knights Preceptor in 2011 with his father and son. He was appointed to serve on the Jurisprudence Committee in 2011. He received the Excalibur Award in 2012 from Port Arthur Commandery No. 73. He is serving the Grand Commandery as Grand Representative of the Grand Commandery of Illinois near the Grand Commandery of Texas. He served as Vice Chairman of the Templar Instruction Committee 2013-2014, and served as Chairman since 2015. He received the Knight Templar Cross of Honor in April 2014.
Tommy is a member of Texas College, Societas Rosicruiana In Civitatibus Foederatis.
Tommy is a member and served as Puissant Sovereign of the San Felipe Conclave Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine in 2011. He received the Red Cross of Constantine in 1998.
Tommy received the Knight of York Cross of Honor in 2001 and is a member of Thomas H. Ridout Priory No. 75. He received the Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests in 2006 and is a member of Resurrection Tabernacle No. XXI.
He became a member of Southeast Texas York Rite College in 2003 and is a Past Governor. He received the Order of the Purple Cross in 2013. He was appointed Deputy Grand Governor of Texas in 2016.
Tommy is a member of the Galveston Scottish Rite Bodies. He is Degree Master of the 6th and 15th Degrees and Assistant Degree Master of the 28th Degree, and he has served as Assistant Degree Master of the 32 Degree. He served on the Reunion Staff and works on several Degree teams. He served on the Scholarship and Membership Committees. He served as President of the Mid-South Jefferson County Club in 2000. He has served on the Maundy Thursday and Re-Lighting of the Tapers teams since 1996. Tommy served as Wise Master in 2003, Venerable Master in 2004, Master of Kadosh in 2005, and Commander- Council of Kadosh in 2011. He served on the Executive Committee from 2003-2005 and 2011. He was honored with the Knight Commander Court of Honor in 1999 and was coroneted a Thirty-Third Degree Inspector General Honorary in 2003.
Tommy is a member of El Mina Shriners and served as President of Mid-Jefferson County Shrine Club in 2016-2017.
Tommy is a member of Nederland Chapter No. 1079 Order of the Eastern Star. He served as Worthy Patron in 1999-2000 and 2014-2015. He served on the Grand Chapter of Texas Masonic Centurion Committee in 1999-2000. He also served on the Grand Chapter of Texas Spring Fling Committee 2000-2001, Arrangements Committee- Security 2011-2012, Roping in the Masons, District 4 Chairman in 2015-2016, and Arrangements Committee- Security 2016-2017.
Tommy has served as an Adult Volunteer since 1997 and on the Advisory Board of Port Neches Assembly No. 159 International Order of the Rainbow for Girls from 2003-2013. He received the Grand Cross of Color Degree in 2001.
Tommy is a Life Member of DeMolay International. As an active DeMolay he served as Master Councilor of Nederland Chapter and was awarded the Past Master Councilor Meritorious Service Award. He also received the Representative DeMolay Award, Founders Membership Award, Blue Honor Key award, and the Lamp of Knowledge. He was knighted as a Sir Knight in the Houston Priory. He was elected and served as District Deputy State Master Councilor. He was also elected and served as South East Texas Area Master Councilor. He received the Degree of Chevalier in 1980. Tommy has served as Chairman of the Advisory Council of Nederland Chapter Order of DeMolay since 1993. He has received the Legion of Honor, Cross of Honor, and Advisor’s Honor Key. He was made an Honorary State Master Councilor of the Texas DeMolay Association by his son during his term. He is currently serving as Grand Commander of the Texas State Court of Chevaliers. He was elected an Honorary Member of the International Supreme Council of DeMolay International in 2013. In 2019, he was elected a Deputy Member of the International Supreme Council. He was awarded the Guild of the Leather Apron in 2019.
At Conclave 2019, he was named Deputy Executive Officer of Texas.
Steven Wayne Seymour
Steven Wayne Seymour was selected the State Treasurer of the Texas DeMolay Association on July 20, 1997. Steven is a Past Master Councilor and earned the PMC- Meritorious Service Award at Sam B. Cantey, Jr. Chapter No. 1840 in Bellaire Texas. In addition, he served as Illustrious Knight Commander and earned the PIKC- Meritorious Service Award of Houston Priory No. 194. He is a Past State Illustrious Knight Commander, serving in 1980-1981. He also served as the Gulf Coast Area Master Councilor and is a Past District Deputy State Master Councilor. He has received the Leadership Correspondence Course, Representative DeMolay Award, Blue Honor Key, Medal of Appreciation, Legion of Honor, Cross of Honor and the Degree of Chevalier. He was recognized as the Priory Advisor of the Year for 1983-1984. He also served as Director of Knighthood under Past Executive Officer Arthur Roberts. He is a Charter Member of the International DeMolay Alumni Association. Dad Seymour is a Past Chapter Advisor of Houston Chapter No. 201 and currently serving as Chapter Advisor for Reagan Chapter No. 203.
Dad Seymour was raised a Master Mason at Bellaire Masonic Lodge No. 1336 and holds an Endowed Membership. In addition, he has dual membership with Northwest Lodge No. 1434. He is an endowed member of the Houston Scottish Rite bodies, Arabia Shrine Temple, Chinar Grotto, Houston Court Order of Amaranth. He is a Past Royal Patron for the Houston Court and a Deputy Supreme Royal Patron for the Order of Amaranth.
Dad Seymour was active with both of his children in the YMCA Indian Guide and Indian Princess program. He served as tribal chief twice and nation chief once in that organization. In addition, he has coached YMCA t-ball, baseball, soccer, and basketball. He has served on the board of his homeowners association as President. He attends regularly Northwoods Presbyterian Church. In addition to worship, he finds time to play the trumpet in the church band, lead youth retreats, and teach Sr. High Sunday School and Sr. High confirmation.
Dad Seymour is married to Angela Kay Seymour and has two children, Randall and Melanie. Angela is a Past Worthy Advisor of Melrose Assembly, Past Chapter Sweetheart of Wilbourn Chapter, Past Royal Matron of Houston Court Order of the Amaranth and Deputy Supreme Royal Matron Order of the Amaranth. Dad Seymour has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Houston in Computer Science. Presently he is the Manager of Corporation Applications for Administaff.
Tommy Chance Chapman
Tommy Chance Chapman was born July 11, 1989 in Nederland, Texas to Tommy and Kathy Chapman. He has one sister, Katie, who served Texas Rainbow in many GrandOffices including Grand Recorder. He graduated from Nederland High School in May 2007 and graduated with honors from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas on May 14, 2011 majoring in Accounting where he made the Dean’s List several times. He was a member and held leadership positions of several student organizations including the Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi, an Accounting Honor Fraternity. He has been employed by the City of Beaumont since January 2012 as a Grants Accountant and serves as the Finance Section Chief for the Emergency Operations Center. He is a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Nederland, Texas.
Brother Chapman was initiated into Nederland Chapter No. 3616 on July 14, 2001. He held numerous offices, including Scribe for several years, and was installed as Master Councilor on October 21, 2002. He was installed again on July 7, 2003 and March 2, 2004. He was awarded the Past Master Councilor’s- Meritorious Service Award during his first term. Brother Chapman has been awarded the Representative DeMolay Award, the Founder’s Membership Award, the Blue Honor Key, the Distinguished Service Award, and has successfully completed the Leadership Correspondence Course. As an Active DeMolay, he won numerous Ritual competitions on the State level. He was honored to serve as District Deputy State Master Councilor in 2003 and again in 2004. He was elected to serve as State Senior Councilor in 2005. He was again elected to serve as Deputy State Master Councilor in 2006. On July 21, 2007, Brother Chapman was elected to serve and installed as the 78th State Master Councilor of the Texas DeMolay Association in Austin.
On July 14, Sir Knight Chapman was invested into Houston Priory No. 194 at the State-wide Investiture held at Conclave 2006. He is a Past Illustrious Knight Commander. On July 11, 2009, he was installed as the 61st State Illustrious Knight Commander of the Texas State Priory in Austin.
Brother Chapman was elevated to the rank and honor of Chevalier on July 14, 2007. He is a Past Commander of Golden Triangle Court of Chevaliers and served as State Commander of the Texas State Court of Chevaliers in 2015-2016.
On July 14, 2016, he was invested with the active Legion of Honor. Shortly thereafter, he became a founding member of Edward E. Chapman, Sr. Preceptory, named after his grandfather. He is currently serving as the Secretary.
Brother Chapman was raised a Master Mason in Nederland Lodge No. 1368 on September 25, 2007. He is a Past Master and is currently serving as Treasurer. He has served as the chairman of the Technology Committee and a member of the School of Instruction, Scholarship, and Audit Committees. He was appointed to serve on the Youth Activities Committee for the Grand Lodge of Texas in 2015 and is the current Chairman. He is served as District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District No. 26-A in 2017. Currently, he is the Assistant State Coordinator and Worshipful Grand Senior Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Texas for his father, Tommy F. Chapman, Most Worshipful Grand Master. He was appointed as District Education Officer for District 26-A in 2018.
Companion Chapman was exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Port Neches Chapter No. 436 on December 29, 2007 and is a Past High Priest. He received the Order of High Priesthood in October 2012. He proudly served the Most Excellent Grand Royal Chapter of Texas as State Coordinator and Excellent Grand Royal Arch Captain for his father, Tommy F. Chapman, Most Excellent Grand High Priest, during 2012-2013. He was appointed Right Excellent District Deputy Grand High Priest of Capitular District No. 5 for 2013-2014. He also served as Excellent Grant Captain of the Host in 2014-2015 and again as Excellent Grand Royal Arch Captain in 2016-2017.
Companion Chapman was greeted a Royal and Select Master in Port Neches Council No. 413 on December 29, 2007 and is a Past Thrice Illustrious Master. He received the Order of the Silver Trowel in October 2011. He served the Most Illustrious Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters as the Right Illustrious District Deputy Grand Master of Cryptic District No. 5 for 2012-2013. He was appointed as the Grand Representative of Idaho near the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Texas in 2013. He served on the Recognitions, Honors, and Awards Committee. He served as Illustrious Grand Captain of the Guards in 2015-2016. He was elected to as a Director of the York Rite Development Board in 2017 and is the current Vice-President.
Sir Knight Chapman was knighted in Port Arthur Commandery No. 73 on March 31, 2008 and is a Past Commander. He has received the Order of Knights Preceptor in April 2011. He was also awarded the Commander’s Distinguished Service Medal for his term. His Commandery was awarded the J. C. Kidd Plaque for receiving the highest grade in Asylum Tactics for the Inspection during his term of office. He was elected to the progressive line of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Texas in April 2014 and is currently serving as the Eminent Grand Senior Warden. He was appointed to the Long-Range Planning Committee from 2013-2017. He was appointed to serve as Grand Representative of Panama near the Grand Commandery of Texas in 2015.
On March 31, 2011, he was elected to receive membership and was initiated in Southeast Texas York Rite College No. 90, and he began the progressive line in 2015. On February 4, 2012, he received membership in San Felipe Conclave, Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine and began the progressive line in 2018.
He received his Scottish Rite Degrees in March of 2009 and is the 28th Degree Master, Assistant Degree Master of the 6th Degree, and a member of the 15th Degree Team. He has served on the Maundy Thursday and Relighting of the Tapers Degree Teams since 2010.
He was initiated into Nederland Chapter No. 1079, Order of the Eastern Star, on December 10, 2007 where he is a Past Patron and completed a 5 year term as Treasurer in 2017. He served the Grand Chapter on the “Young Americans” and “Faith In Our Future” Committees, both being associated with promoting the Masonic Youth of Texas, and also on the “Picnic on the Brazos” Committee. In 2016-2017, he served as District 4 Chairman of the Masonic Family Committee.
Dad Chapman was selected to serve the Texas DeMolay Association as State Scribe on July 14, 2011. He received the Guild of the Leather Apron at Conclave 2015. He was appointed District Governor in 2017.