Founded in 2018, the Knights Templar College was built on Christian Knightly principles, and in the spirit of those nine founding Knights the Knights Templar College is dedicated to expanding the Kingdom of God. What began as the Templar Academy has grown and improved at a steady rate over the years and continues to offer students a robust Christian learning experience.
The Knights Templar College is the exclusive training partner of the KTGPA, which is part of the international Ordre du Temple de Jerusalem.
The KTGPA represents not just one Christian denomination but represents all of Christendom.
The KTGPA, also known as Ordre du Temple de Jerusalem, has a rich
and powerful history that spans over 900 years. Since its founding in the year
1118 A.D., it has had a tremendous impact on history throughout Europe, Asia, and
the Middle East.
Today, we thrive with an international membership of men and women who are dedicated to living and
sharing a life according to the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Goals & Core Values of KTGPA
- Spread the light of Christ in an increasingly dark world.
- Promote spiritual and corporal works of mercy, charity, and benevolence.
- Act as a force to unify all Christians under the banner of Christ.
- Perpetuate Knights Templar traditions by defending Christendom.
- Live a life of Chivalry and hold each other accountable for excellence.
- Promote historical studies, heraldry, and the genealogy of the Order.
- Promote brotherhood and solidarity among all people through the values of friendship, loyalty, and respect.
Today the Ordre du Temple de Jerusalem is headed by our Grand Master, Brigadier General Ronald S. Mangum, and its Grand Priory of The United States is headed by Bishop Caesar Johnson (Grand Prior, KTGPA).
The American Grand Priory of the Ordre du Temple de Jerusalem was founded in 1973 by Father Philip Guarino with the permission and appointment of Grand Master Antoine Zdrojewski and Swiss Grand Prior Alfred Zappelli.
The United States Grand Priory of the Ordre du Temple de Jerusalem, the KTGPA has a long and proud history serving God and His people across the country. Our motto is “of HIS people, by HIS people, for HIS people” and we mean every word of it.
Our Grand Masters are elected, just as it has been done since the beginning of the Order. The position of Grand Master cannot be passed on through anyone’s will or by being the heir of a Grand Master. Any, so-called, “Templar” Order that uses those claims to support the Grand Master’s succession is not legitimate. The order strives for the highest ideals and draws its inspiration from the ancient Order of the Temple. We strive to be the spiritual and philosophical heirs to the ancient Knights Templar founded by Hugues de Payens and Saint Bernard in 1118.
Our Order was recognized by His Imperial Majesty, Napoleon Bonaparte, by imperial decree in 1807. In 1853, it was given recognition by Emperor Napoleon III. In 1918, the Order was re-registered in France in accordance with French law. On January 19th, 1932, it was registered in Brussels, Belgium: 1957 Namur / Belgium BE-410 20708. This recording was done by three Belgian Templars in Brussels, Joseph Cleeremans, Gustave Jonckbloedt, and Théodore Covias. The record of the registration of the “Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem” appears in the Belgian Monitor on January 20, 1933. Lastly, our Order was re-registered in Namur, Belgium, on November 15th, 1975.
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