M∴ W∴ Michael D. Johnson, II
In the fall of his freshman year of college at Fort Scott Community College, Michael Johnson was Raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in Rising Sun Lodge No. 8. That was in 1993. Although Michael grew up in the small town of Louisburg, which had a very active Lodge, he did not know about the Freemasons until his senior year in high school when he was selected to play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl. That experience inspired him to explore and enter the fraternity several days after his nineteenth birthday.
After one year at Fort Scott, Michael transferred to Kansas State University in Manhattan and became a plural member of Lafayette Lodge No. 16, where he served as Master in 1997. Graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Science and Management, he moved to Lawrence. After a few years, he found himself residing back in Louisburg with his wife, Christine, and their daughter, Corrine. The Johnson family soon welcomed another daughter, Elyria, and expanded further by raising his niece, Lexi.
In the early 2000s, Michael went back to work at the family electrical contracting business that his father had started in the late 1980s. Michael continues to work with his father and sister, operating a very successful business.
Our Grand Master is a lover of ritual and has a passion for mentorship. He was instrumental in updating and re-implementing our Grand Lodge mentorship program.
Michael is a Past Master of Lafayette Lodge No. 16, Tuscan Lodge No. 460, and has served multiple times as Master of Peace Lodge No. 243 in Louisburg. He has served our Grand Lodge as a District Deputy Grand Master in 2014 & 2015, Area Deputy Grand Master in 2016, and served committees. He was appointed as Grand Senior Deacon in 2018 and as an Assistant Grand Lecturer in 2019, 2020, and 2021. He was elected as Grand Junior Warden in 2019, Grand Senior Warden in 2020, and our 153rd Grand Master in 2021.
Michael says that Masonry has always been there for him and that it has given him so many great experiences that it would not be possible to portray all of them on this page. When he is not working or attending Lodge activities, Michael enjoys spending time with his family.