Grand Master’s Bio


M.W. Shelton J. Prescott

Shelton J. Prescott, the younger of 2 children was born on April 5, 1974 to Johnny and Shirley Prescott in Paterson, New Jersey. Shelton is a product of the Paterson Public Schools system. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School as an honors student-athlete. While at Kennedy Shelton was a member of the National Honors Society, Who’s Who among High School Students in America, and sportswriter for the high school newspaper and yearbook committee. As a senior Shelton was one of the top high school football prospects in the state of New Jersey and Northeast Region. He was heavily recruited by a host of top level Division-I football programs throughout the country. He decided to attend Syracuse University where he received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Child Development, and lettered 4yrs as a football player.
While at Syracuse University Shelton was selected First Team All-Big East and All-ECAC as an offensive lineman. He also received numerous awards and honors from the Syracuse Football Program including: The Athletic Directors Honor Roll, Bill Maxwell Award for Most Improved Offensive Player, Duffy Daugherty Award for Players Player and Coaches Coach,and the Syracuse Keystone Offensive Player of the Year Award. As a winning participant of the Fiesta Bowl, Gator Bowl and Liberty Bowl games Shelton competed with and against some of the most outstanding football players in College/NFL history: Quarterback Donovan McNabb(Philadelphia Eagles), Wide Receiver Marvin Harrison (Indianapolis Colts), Linebacker Keith Bullock (Tennessee Titans/NY Giants), Cornerback Will Allen (NY Giants/ Miami Dolphins), Defensive Back Brian Dawkins (Philadelphia Eagles/Denver Broncos), Linebacker Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens), and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp (Tampa Bay Buccaneers ).
Upon Graduation Shelton accepted a job as a Special Education Teacher at his alma mater, John F. Kennedy High School where he continues to serve on their staff in the same capacity. While at John F. Kennedy High School, Shelton received his Masters of Arts Degree in Special Education from New Jersey City University. In addition, Shelton has served and worked on the following committees/staffs in the field of academics and athletics for the Paterson Public Schools System: Facilitator–Boys Youth Summit, Mentor-Volunteers in Education(V.I.E.) for Paterson Juvenile Division of Probation, Head Football Coach and Assistant Football Coach (John F. Kennedy H.S.), Site Coordinator–Paterson Educational Partnership for the 21st Century (PEP-21) Afterschool Program, Site CoordinatorLeading Edge Pre-High School Academy Summer Program, John F. Kennedy H.S. Image Initiative Committee, John F. Kennedy H.S. Liaison Committee, Extended School Year and Twilight Credit Recovery Evening School. Moreover, Shelton, a 2014 Governor’s Teacher of the Year recipient continues to coordinate a variety of community service projects for his classroom students during the course of the year which includes, feeding the homeless, senior citizens luncheon and voter registration drives.
Shelton is a proud member of Messiah Baptist Church in East Orange, N.J. where the Reverend Dana P. Owens is Pastor. He also serves on the Scholarship Ministry with his beautiful wife of 11yrs, Mrs. LaVosha Payne-Prescott. They reside in East Orange, New Jersey.


Masonic Affiliations

Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of N.J.

*Most Worshipful Grand Master (2015-Present)
*Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master (2013- 2015)
*Right Worshipful Senior Grand Warden (2011-2013)
*Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden (2010-2011)
*Grand Lecturer
*District Deputy Grand Master- 7th Masonic District
*Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Education & Scholarship Committee (Advisor /Co-Chairman)
*Inter-Fraternal Masonic Relations Commission (Grand Lodge Representative/1st Vice President)

Integrity Lodge No. 51:

*Worshipful Master (2006-2007)
*Past Chairman- Craftsman Club
*Past Trustee- Temple Association
*Past Dean of Instruction
*Past Dean of Candidates
*Past Chairman- Past Masters Council
*Master Mason of the Year (Integrity Lodge#51, 7th Masonic District and the MWPHGLNJ)
*Worshipful Master of the Year- 7th Masonic District
*Worshipful Master Leadership Award/Lodge of the Year -MWPHGLNJ

Oziel Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star

*Past Grand Chaplain
*Fidelity Chapter No.16- Past Patron
*2009 Worthy Patron of the Year

Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter, H.R.A.M.

*Past Chairman: Memorial Service
*Jeremiah Chapter No. 13- Past Excellent High Priest

Heroines of Jericho
*Miriam Court #14 -Past Most Worthy Joshua

United Supreme Council, A.A.S.R., Northern Jurisdiction

*Sardonias Consistory No. 41- Valley of Newark, Orient of New Jersey
*Herbert M. Douglas Class of 2013- 33rd Degree (2nd Vice President)

Arthur L. Taylor Grand Council, R&SM

*Deputy for the North
*Haggai Council No.1: -Past Thrice Illustrious Master

Knights Templar
Palestine Commandery No. 13

Lodge of Research and Education No. 2006
African Lodge No. 459

William H.”Pop” Moss Grand Council, Order of Pythagorans

Golconda Temple No. 24 A.E.A.O.N.M.S.
Oasis of Newark, Desert of New Jersey

Professional /Civic Affiliations
*Paterson Task Force- Past Fraternal Representative
*N.A.A.C.P. (Montclair Chapter)
*Paterson Education Association
*New Jersey Education Association
*National Education Association

Notable Awards/Honors
Paterson Public Schools- Governors Teacher of the Year
Paterson Task Force- Educators in Community Service
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Pi Xi Omega Chapter- Harvest of Hope/Men in Education Award
Passaic County Division Of Probation- Volunteers In Education Mentorship Award
State of New Jersey, Office of the Attorney General- Black History Month Community Service Award
Passaic County African American Women 100 Plus- Education/Athletics Award
The Brotherhood of Paterson Inc. – Charity and Supportive Service Award
New Jersey Sparks Ladies Basketball- Recognition Award for Charitable Service