Priory of the Temple Church

The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem ®


The Priory of the Temple Church membership comes primarily from the State of Florida and Southern Alabama. The Priory currently has two Preceptories. The Preceptory of Hugh de Payens is located in Sanford, Florida and the Preceptory of Geoffrey de Charnay is located in Tallahassee, Florida.

Since becoming a Priory, various events have been planned each year, including two convents occurring in the spring and fall. Throughout the year the Priory also has various smaller meetings and get-togethers to foster a sense of community.  

The Priory has supported several scholarships for students in the Holy Land through the charitable arm of SMOTJ, the Raymond Davis Foundation. It also supports two main charities through its Preceptories.

The Preceptory of Hugh de Payens supports the Orlando VA Medical Center and Nursing Home, Orlando, Florida. This includes the hosting of Bingo events and the donation of toiletries and monetary funding.

The Preceptory of Geoffrey de Charnay is very involved in the Boy's Town of North Florida, located in Tallahassee, Florida. Each year the Preceptory provides monetary donations and a back to school summer party for the children.

We are a modern Christian Order of Knighthood dedicated to::

  • Seeking God in our lives and promoting love and respect for our community.
  • Increasing understanding between religions, helping pilgrims visit holy places, and maintaining a Christian presence in the Holy Land.
  • Supporting the poor, sick, and unjustly accused; standing against oppression, and protecting freedom of speech.
  • Encouraging the noble ideas of Chivalry; maintaining the monuments, archives, and history of the Knights Templar.





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