Jared David Karpel was born to Kenneth Max and Connye Renee Karpel on July 22, 1985 in San Diego, CA. He was educated in the public schools of San Diego, CA, and Charleston, SC. He also attended private schools in Charleston, SC and Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where he earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education. He is employed as a teacher in the Maury County School System. He is married to his wife Becky and has 2 daughters, Laya and Shayna.
He was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on July 18, 2005 in Hohenwald Lodge #607 serving as Worshipful Master in 2010. Brother Karpel received his Pin of Excellence on May 4, 2007. He transferred his membership to Columbia Lodge #31 in 2011 and served as Worshipful Master in 2016. Brother Karpel served as District #6 Chairman from 2008-2010. He was appointed Worshipful Grand Steward for the Grand Lodge F&A.M. of Tennessee in 2014.
Companion Karpel was Exalted in Lafayette Chapter #4 R.A.M on April 8, 2006 and served as High Priest in 2011. He received the Order of High Priesthood in 2011. He was appointed and served as Excellent Grand Master of the Second Veil of the Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Tennessee in 2014. He is also a plural member of Franklin Chapter #2. He is the Grand Representative to the Grand Chapter of Hawaii. Companion Karpel was Greeted in Columbia Council #139 R&S.M. on April 8, 2006 and served as Illustrious Master in 2013 and 2018. Companion Karpel received the Order of the Silver Trowel in 2016. He was appointed and served as Illustrious Grand Marshal of the Grand Council Cryptic Masons of Tennessee in 2015. Sir Knight Karpel was Knighted in Columbia Commandery #35 on May 13, 2006 and served as Eminent Commander in 2013. Sir Knight Karpel is a plural member of Dickson Commandery #41 and served as Commander in 2017 and 2018. Sir Knight Karpel was appointed and served the Grand Commandery as Eminent Grand Senior Warden in 2016. He received the Knight Crusader of the Cross in 2013. Sir Knight Karpel was inducted into Tennessee Priory #15 Knights of the York Cross of Honor in March of 2014.
Brother Karpel is a recipient of the Demolay Honorary Legion of Honor and the Knights Templar Cross of Honor.
Other Masonic affiliations include:
• Scottish Rite Valley of Nashville
• Al Menah Shrine
• Past President Maury County Shrine Club
• Past Patron Columbia Chapter #287 O.E.S
• Past Excellent Chief Ezra Council #89 Knight Masons
• Middle Tennessee York Rite College #143
• Ray S. Garton Council #403 Allied Masonic Degrees
• Cornelius Chapel #22 St. Thomas of Acon
• Tennessee Council #122 Masonic Order of Athelstan, Founding Member
• Tennessee College Rosicruciana
• Middle Tennessee Past Master’s Association
• Chattanooga Asylum #2 Knight Commanders
Companion Karpel was elected Grand Captain of the Host on March 20, 2017 and advanced each year and was elected Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Tennessee on March 23, 2021.