Bradley Scott Billings, the only son of Lee and Pam Billings was born 2 July 1983 in the small West Texas town of Seagraves where he and his older sister T.J. grew up in the shadows of their parents and grandparents.
He attended school at Seagraves High School. While in high school, in addition to participating in a variety of UIL activities, he served as Vice President of his class and served his fellow students as President of the student council. He was very proud to have been inducted into the National Honor Society.
Upon graduating, he enrolled in Texas Tech University, where he resumed his usual practice of participation in student-related activities including one daring appearance as Raider Red, the school’s mascot. Grand Master Billings rose through the ranks of student associations and served as President for the top two student organizations on campus; the Ambassadors and the Leadership Council of the Rawls College of Business. Grand Master Billings graduated from Texas Tech University in 2006 with a Bachelor Degree in International Business and Finance.
Professionally, his first venture was with Comerica Bank as a commercial underwriter, but he soon changed direction and joined the pharmaceutical industry. Today he is employed by Althera Inc., a small company focused on cardiovascular health.
Inspired by his Great Grand Father W.P. ‘Pa’ Scott, Grand Master Billings took his first step into the Masonic fraternity when he petitioned Trinity Valley Lodge No. 1048 in Dallas for membership. He was raised a Master Mason in February of 2007 and endowed his membership at that time. He was appointed Senior Steward later that year, and progressed through various places and stations over the next several years. He was installed as Worshipful Master in 2011, and was proud to preside over Trinity Valley Lodge during the lodge’s Centennial Year. He is an Endowed Member of Trinity Valley Lodge, and holds Plural Membership in Northern Star Lodge No. 377, Grapevine Lodge No. 288, Claud L. Austin Lodge No. 1450, Sweet Home Lodge No. 576, Crawford Lodge No. 585, Huffman Lodge No. 1428, Blanco Lodge No. 216, and Tyrian Lodge No. 187; as well as Tranquility Lodge No. 2000 and Texas Lodge of Research. He is also a Past President of the Masters’, Wardens’ and Secretaries’ Association of the Fourteenth Masonic District of Texas, and a Past President of the District 14 Masonic Service Bureau. Grand Master Billings is proud to have earned (and continued to renew) a Class A Certificate from the Grand Lodge Committee on Work.
It was Brother Billing’s keen interest in the history of The Grand Lodge of Texas which influenced him to petition Texas Lodge of Research. He became a Full Member of the lodge after presenting his first research paper, entitled “The Beginnings of Texas Lodge of Research.” On 21 March 2015, at a meeting of Texas Lodge of Research held at Milam Lodge No. 2 in Nacogdoches, he was installed as the fifty-sixth, and so far the youngest, Worshipful Master. Subsequent papers presented by Grand Master Billings explored the history of the Lubbock Study Committee and the Heraldry of Texas Lodge of Research.
Grand Master Billings’ planning and execution of his plans as Worshipful Master of Trinity Valley Lodge, and later his term as Worshipful Master of Texas Lodge of Research, have contributed to his active service in the Grand Lodge of Texas. His appointment by Grand Master Jerry Martin in 2013 to the Purposes and Policies Committee gave him new insights concerning the structure of the organization and the many activities which turn the wheels of the Grand Lodge. He continued to serve on the Purposes and Policies Committee until January of 2019, serving as Vice Chairman in 2018. Grand Junior Warden Tommy F. Chapman appointed him to serve as Grand Junior Steward in 2015. He was appointed by Grand Master Jerry Kirby as District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District No. 64-B in 2017. Additionally, he served on Grand Master Chapman’s planning team and was appointed to the Special Assignments Committee that year. His interest in Masonic education resulted in his participation in several projects of the Grand Lodge Masonic and Education Committee, including the “Between Friends” video in 2014, the Brotherhood of Light program in 2015, and the update of Masonry and the Mason in 2016, as well as being appointed as District Education Officer of Masonic District No. 14-E in 2018.
Grand Master Billings became a Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Dallas in 2007. He soon became an active member of the Knights of St. Andrew, and served as Worthy Master of that organization in 2010. He served as Degree Master of the 13thDegree, and Orator in the 18th Degree. In October 2011, Grand Master Billings was elected by the Supreme Council to receive the Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honour. Subsequently, he had the opportunity to serve as the Grand Minister of State on the Orient of Texas KCCH Investiture Team. He was honored to serve the Dallas Valley as a Fellow to the Scottish Rite Leadership Conference held in New Orleans. Residing in Tarrant County, the Grand Master is also an affiliated member of the Fort Worth Scottish Rite Valley, where he served as Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection in 2019.
Grand Master Billings also became a member of the York Rite of Freemasonry in 2007. He joined Love Field Chapter No. 478, Royal Arch Masons, where he was elevated to the office of High Priest in 2012. In 2014 he was selected to serve as District Deputy Grand High Priest of Capitular District No. 13. He was appointed in 2015as Grand Master of the 3rd Veil of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, and served as a member of the Purposes and Policies Committee. He was anointed, consecrated, and set apart as a member of the Order of High Priesthood and served for two years as the Grand High Priest of the Order.
Being greeted a Royal and Select Master in Love Field Council No. 396, Royal and Select Masters in 2007, Grand Master Billings assumed leadership of the Council in 2012, when he served as Thrice Illustrious Master. He was exemplar candidate when the Order of the Silver Trowel in 2012. His activities in the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters include serving as District Deputy Grand Master in 2015, Illustrious Grand Captain of the Guards in 2018, and service on the Investments Committee, the Purposes and Policies Committee, and the Awards and Recognitions Committee.
In 2007 Brother Billings was created and dubbed a Knight Templar in Alexander C. Garrett Commandery No. 103, serving as a member of the drill and ritual teams and as its Commander in 2011. Later that year he joined the Texas Chapter, Sovereign Order of Knights Preceptor. He was a member of the Grand Commandery Finance Committee in 2014 and 2016. As a result of his service as presiding officer of all four York Rite bodies, Brad was awarded admission to Texas Priory No. 23 of the Knights of the York Cross of Honor in 2015.
He is an active member in other Masonic bodies as well, including Grand Arcanum Council No. 447, Allied Masonic Degrees; Lyle L. Cross York Rite College No. 147; Rose of Sharon Council No. 89, Knight Masons; Odessa Chapel No. 18and Thomas Becket Chapel No. 31 of The Commemorative Order of St. Thomas of Acon, including service as Grand Cellerar of the Grand Province of Texas; Royal Order of Scotland; Masonic Order of the Bath, Grand College of Rites, SRICF, Red Cross of Constantine and Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests.
Grand Master Billings is not a man who joins any group only to carry a membership card. Quite to the contrary, his motive is to be of service, to gain more knowledge, and to make use of that knowledge to better serve the Fraternity. Grand Master Billings and his charming wife Brittany, and their loving son Grayson reside in Euless, Texas, a wonderful location from which to serve the Masons of Texas.