Grand Commandery

of Knights Templar of the State of Indiana

Philip D. Whisner, KTCH

Phillip D. Whisner - KTCH with Lady Connie

Current Office:
Grand Senior Warden

Home Commandery:
Raper Commandery #1



Phil, known to many as “Bear”, was born and raised in Indianapolis. He graduated from Warren Central High School, where he excelled in football and wrestling, and attended Butler University.

Phil retired from Allison Transmission in 2011. During his 35 years with Allison/Rolls Royce, he worked on the production line and then was accepted into the skilled trades program. After completing his apprenticeship, he finished his career at Plant #3 in Speedway as a journeyman tinsmith.

He married Lady Connie in May 1983, and has three daughters (Jennifer Herring, Tracy Whisner, and Colleen Mitchell). He has been blessed with five wonderful grandchildren (three girls, two boys) and enjoys attending their various events and activities.

Phil is an avid Colts fan and enjoys attending games with Connie. He also enjoys golf and spending time with family. He is a member of Southport United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.
Masonic History

Blue Lodge
Raised as Master Mason, July 12, 1986
Wayne Guthrie #753, Indianapolis, IN
Worshipful Master – 1997, 2016

Council of Cryptic Masons
Indianapolis Council #2
Past Thrice Illustrious Master
Dual member with Greenfield #96

Royal Arch Mason
Indianapolis Chapter #5
Past High Priest
Dual member with Greenfield #94

Knights Templar
Raper Commandery #1
Past Commander
Treasurer – present
Member of Raper Drill Team
Dual member with Greenfield #39
Levant Preceptory
St. Anselm Commandery #68

Indiana Grand Commandery
Deputy Battalion Commander – 2007 to 2014
Deputy Grand Inspector General – 2014 - 2015
Aide to Right Eminent Grand Commander or Deputy Grand Commander from 2010 - 2016
Recipient of Distinguished Service Award from Right Eminent Grand Commander April 2012, April 2016
Recipient of Knights Templar Cross of Honor – 2014

York Rite College
Indiana College #55
Marvin L. Isley #129

Robert A. Woods Priory #62

Yeoman of York
Indianapolis Preceptory #4

Knights of Pythias
Crescens Lodge #33

Royal Order of Scotland

Murat Shrine
Honorary Highlander
Worked with VCM at Indiana State Fair for approximately 4 years

Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Indiana Forest #189
Past Grand Tall Cedar
Scribe/Treasurer – present

Sahara Grotto
Cast member 2016

Scottish Rite
Indianapolis Valley