2019-20 Grand Master


James Coleman

Born in Ann Arbor, MI, on December 11, 1969, the oldest child of Edward and Sally Beckstein.  Has one younger brother named Gary. Moved to South Lyon, MI, in 1973, where he currently resides.  Graduated from South Lyon High School in 1988 with honors, and then attended Lake Superior State University for biology and Eastern Michigan University for French language and literature. Enlisted in the United States Army in June of 1995 as a Korean Linguist and served two tours in Korea.

Was initiated into Capitol City #109 junior lodge on December 10, 1980, and served as Grand Ruler in 1986/87. Initiated into Little City #25 Oddfellow lodge in December of 1987, and served as Noble Grand on multiple occasions. Was initiated into Livingston County Encampment in 1993, and served as Grand Patriarch in 2009/2010. Was mustered into Ann Arbor Canton #30 in 2002, and served as Department Commander in 2013-15. Was honored to serve as Aide to the General Commanding to General Emil Suder in 2016. Has served as District #6 and #10 Rebekah President, Lake States Conference President, and District #7 Oddfellow President. Belongs to Harmony Rebekah Lodge #460 and Hamburg Rebekah Lodge #489 and has served as Noble Grand on several occasions.

Was asked to the Grand Lodge line by Past Grand Master Terry Messner and was elected to the office of Grand Master at the 2018 sessions in Frankenmuth.