Chris Hodapp
Christopher L. Hodapp

Christopher Hodapp is the  author of Freemasons For Dummies, the best-selling introduction to the Masonic fraternity; Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C. ; and he is the co-author with Alice Von Kannon of The Templar Code For Dummies and Conspiracy Theories And Secret Societies For Dummies. In 2008 he became the Editor in Chief of The Journal of The Masonic Society.

His newest book, Deciphering The Lost Symbol: Freemasons, Myths and the Mysteries of Washington D.C. was published by Ulysses Press in January 2010.

He has appeared in the program “Scottish Rite For the 21st Century,” produced for the Scottish Rite Northern Jurisdiction; “Secrets of the Founding Fathers,” produced by Digital Ranch for the History Channel; “Hunting The Lost Symbol” for the Discovery Channel; and “Templars: The Last Stand,” produced by Arcadia Entertainment for Canadian TV and NatGeo. In 2010, Hodapp and Von Kannon developed episodes for the History Channel program, “Brad Meltzer's Decoded,” and in 2011, they created material for TruTV. In 2012, they both appeared in History’s “America’s Book of Secrets,” produced by Prometheus Entertainment for H2.

He spent more than twenty-five years in advertising as a filmmaker for Dean Crow Productions, making commercials, music videos and feature films as an editor and director. He has written scripts for corporate and non-profit clients, and his voice has appeared in numerous television and radio commercials.

Chris is an alumnus of Brebeuf Jesuit High School in Indianapolis. He has attended Indiana University, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles Valley College, California State University at Northridge, and Indiana/Purdue University at Indianapolis.

As a Freemason, he is a Past Master of Broad Ripple Lodge #643 and of Lodge Vitruvian #767, Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Indiana. He is an honorary member of Vincennes Lodge No. 1,  Ancient Landmarks Lodge #319, Garfield Lodge #569, and Major General John A. Logan Lodge #575 in Indiana, Ancient York Lodge No. 89 in Nashua, New Hampshire, and African Lodge #459, Prince Hall Affiliation, in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2010, he was named an honorary member of the Grand Lodge of New Mexico.

He is a member of Indianapolis Chapter #5 Royal Arch Masons, Indianapolis Council #2 Cryptic Masons (Royal and Select Masters), and Raper Commandery #1 Knights Templar. He is a founding member of Levant Preceptory, Indiana’s medieval Templar period re-creation degree team.  He was invested with the rank and dignity of Knight Commander of the Temple by Most Eminent William H. Koon II, Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the USA on January 10, 2010. And he is a member of the Societas Rosicruciana In Civitatibus Foederatis, Indiana College.

Chris is a 33° Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Indianapolis Valley. He is a Past Sovereign Master of Allied Masonic Degrees Imhotep Council #434; a member of the Marvin L. Isley York Rite Sovereign College #129; the Yeoman of York Indianapolis Preceptory #4; the St. James Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine; the Royal Order of Scotland; Knight Masons Indiana Council No. 15; and an honorary recipient of the DeMolay Legion of Honor. He is also member of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Murat Oasis in Indianapolis. 

Chris is a Founding Fellow of The Masonic Society. He is a member of the Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research, the Philalethes Society,  the Phylaxis Society, the Iowa Research Lodge No. 2, the Scottish Rite Research Society, the Grand College of Rites of the United States of America, and the Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle. In 2012, he was made the 101st member of the Society of Blue Friars, an organization made up of Masonic authors.

Chris is the editor and a contributor to "Laudable Pursuit: A 21st Century Response to Dwight Smith" by the Knights of the North, a Masonic leadership think-tank. He has written for Indianapolis MonthlyMasonic Magazine, Templar History, the Scottish Rite Journal, the Knight Templar Magazine, the Indiana Freemason magazine, and numerous other publications. He was also the author of the feature, A Pilgrim's Progress: Rustic Tales of an Organic Greenhorn in Living Natural First Magazine.

He is a member of the Indiana Grand Lodge Technology, 200th Anniversary and Masonic Education Committees, the Grand Lodge Historical Commission, and the Grand Lodge of Indiana Library and Museum Board.  In 2013, he was appointed as Grand Representative for Indiana to the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon.

He has received the Grand Master of Indiana's Award for distinguished service in bringing the Masonic Angel Fund program to Indiana in 2003; the President's Award from the Philalethes Society in 2003; the Distinguished Service Medal from the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of Indiana in 2006; and the Duane E. Anderson Excellence in Masonic Education Award from the Grand Lodge of Minnesota in 2006. In 2012, he received the James Royal Case Fellowship Award from the Masonic Lodge of Research of Connecticut No. 401.

In 2011, he ran for a seat on the Indianapolis City/County Council on the Libertarian ticket. He is a member of the Rosslyn Chapel Trust, the Heartland Film Festival, the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana Historic Landmarks Foundation, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, and a lifetime member of the Indiana Railway Museum, where he learned to drive a train before he could drive a car.

Chris has traveled the world speaking to Masonic lodges, grand lodges, and the general public about Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, secret societies and conspiracy theories. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife Alice and their very French poodle, Wiley, who has them both responding to basic commands.

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