Speakers & Panelists

Todd E. Creason 33˚


Todd E. Creason, 33° is the Founder of the Midnight Freemasons blog and is an award winning writer.  He is a Past Master of Homer Lodge No. 199 and Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL) where he currently serves as Secretary. He is a Past Sovereign Master of the Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees. He is a Fellow at the Missouri Lodge of Research (FMLR). He is a charter member of Royal Arch Admiration Chapter No. 282 and currently serves as Excellent High Priest.  He has long been an advocate of enhancing the member experience by making Masonic education central to the lodge culture and has researched and written extensively on the subject.

Dago Rodriguez



Worshipful Dago Rodriguez, P.M. is the current Lodge Master of South Pasadena Masonic Lodge No. 290 F&AM located in Los Angeles, California. He heads the candidate educational program and is the co-chairman of the Illumination Lecture Series at his lodge. Bro. Rodriguez is the current Senior Warden of the Southern California Research Lodge, which produces the award winning Fraternal Review Magazine, where he has served as Managing Editor for the past three years. He also serves on three committees for the Grand Lodge of California: California Freemason Magazine, Membership Retention, and Masonic Branding. In 2017 his lodge brothers voted him Mason of the Year and he’s a two time Hiram Award recipient. In 2019 he spearheaded the reinvention of the first West Coast Masonic Con weekend at his lodge in South Pasadena, California.

Scott S. Dueball


 Education has been a lifelong experience for Scott. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Engineering, and Math from Valparaiso University and a Master of Science in Bio-mechanics from Ball State University. His research has been published and presented in numerous outlets. He enjoys time with his wife and daughter, smoking meat, and woodworking in his free time.  Scott was the Master of D.C. Cregier Lodge No. 81 twice and District Education Officer. Scott currently serves as the Chart Master of Spes Novum Lodge U.D. and as Illinois' first State Education Officer and Chairman of the Committee on Masonic Education..

Timothy Hogan


  Timothy W. Hogan has been a student and Past Master within several different esoteric organizations over the last 20 years. He has studied and served as a leader within various branches of Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, Martinism, and Templarism,  He is a former editor and writer for the periodicals L’Initiation, Ariadne’s Web, and Living Stones Magazine. He’s also written several Masonic and Occult topics. 

Timothy Hogan lectures around the world on various aspects of the Western Mystery tradition. He has spoken at lodges in every continent except Antarctica and Australia.

Timothy Hogan currently serves as the world wide Grand Master of the Order of the Temple of Secret Initiates (O.T.S.I) , (a Knight Templar lineage). He regularly works as a consultant in the entertainment industry, and helping in Track II Diplomacy worldwide.  

Bryan Simmons


 Bryan Simmons, a U.S. Army Veteran and native of Massachusetts, is a Past Master of Ezekiel Bates Lodge in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Brother Simmons has held many pillar offices in several appendant bodies and currently serves on the several committees for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts as well as several standing and Ad-Hoc committees for the city of Attleboro. Brother Simmons thrives in behind the scenes work his most notable accomplishment is the founding of Masonic Con in 2016 at Ezekiel Bates Lodge, which has provided fraternalism and education to countless Brothers across the country. Brother Simmons currently co-hosts two podcasts Worthy and Well Qualified and Arts, Parts, and Points, An Exchange of Masonic Education and Ideas. 

Jon T. Ruark


Host of the Masonic Roundtable, coauthor of "It's Business Time" and lecturer. Bro. Jon Ruark is a Past Master of The Patriot Lodge No. 1957 in Fairfax, VA.  His love of technology and gadgets led him to start The Masonic Roundtable as a Hangout on Air. His Masonic interests lean toward the esoteric and philosophical aspects of the fraternity. He lives in Virginia with his wife, 4 children, and 2 cats, Tesla and Edison.

Joe Martinez


Joe Martinez is an avid lecturer, writer and learner. Joe has been active in speaking in numerous lodges and presents topics relating to religious and philosophic concepts as they relate to the Fraternity. He is also a guest writer for The Fraternal Review. Joe is also the organizer behind the countries first ever nation -wide Esoteric Freemasonry conference--Esotericon which was held in Manassas Virginia over the course of two days. 

R:.W:. Alex Powers


RWB, Alex G. Powers is a historian and esoteric enthusiast. As a fifth-generation Freemason, he carries a hearty interest in antiquities of the Masonic institution. He currently serves as the Director of the Kansas Lodge of Research as well as District Deputy Grand Master for Area 9A in Kansas, he is also a Past Master and currently serving as Tyler and Lodge Historian for Gardner Lodge No. 65.  Brother Powers is the host and founder of Historical Light, an independent production focusing on the history of Freemasonry. He is also the author of “A History of Gardner Masonic Lodge No. 65” with additional projects in the works. 

Steve L. Harrison 33˚


 Steven L. Harrison, 33°, is a Past Master and Fellow of the Missouri Lodge of Research. He received his Masonic Degrees in Liberty Lodge #31, Liberty, Missouri, in 1999, and served as its Master in 2003-4. For a decade he was editor of the Missouri Freemason magazine.  In addition, he has contributed to several other Masonic publications including his work as a regular contributor to the respected Midnight Freemasons blog. He appears bi-weekly on the Whence Came You podcast where he hosts the "Masonic Minute" segment. Steve has authored three books on Freemasonry: "Freemasonry Crosses the Mississippi," "Freemasons - Tales From the Craft," and "Freemasons at Oak Island." He has edited three additional Masonic books: "The Masonic Memoranda of Frederic L. Billon" and "Ray Denslow's Masonic Journey" volumes 1 and 2. Steve grew up in Indiana, where he was Master Councilor of his DeMolay Chapter. He has a Masters Degree from Indiana University and is retired after a 35-year career in Information Technology. He and his wife Carolyn have lived in the Kansas City area for over thirty years. 

Jason Richards


Bro. Jason Richards is Past Master of Acacia Lodge No. 16 in Clifton, VA, where he was raised in 2012, and a member of The Colonial Lodge No. 1821 in Washington, D.C. Jason is a host of The Masonic Roundtable weekly YouTube show and podcast, which has been making Masonic education accessible worldwide since 2014. In addition to his work on The Masonic Roundtable, Jason is an active writer, having written articles for The Midnight Freemasons blog and The Voice Of Freemasonry in the Nation's Capital, the official publication of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, and has been a guest editor of The Fraternal Review. Jason's research interests center on the history of Freemasonry, the evolution of the modern Masonic mythos, and the worldwide sociocultural impact of Freemasonry. He lives in Virginia with his wife, son, two cats, and ever-expanding collection of bow ties. 

Christopher Hodapp 33˚



Christopher L. Hodapp is the author of Freemasons For Dummies, the worldwide, best-selling introduction to the Masonic fraternity; Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C. ; and Deciphering the Lost Symbol

Chris is also the co-author with Alice Von Kannon of The Templar Code For Dummies and Conspiracy Theories And Secret Societies For Dummies.

As a Freemason, Chris is a Past Master of Broad Ripple Lodge No. 643 and of Lodge Vitruvian No. 767, Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Indiana.

Chris is a 33° Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite (NMJ), Indianapolis Valley

He was the editor and a contributor in 2004-5 to "Laudable Pursuit: A 21st Century Response to Dwight Smith" by the Knights of the North, a Masonic leadership think-tank focusing on modern lodge solutions.