Meet the General Grand Recorder

Meet the General Grand Recorder

Stephen A. Balke
Stephen A. Balke, General Grand Recorder

Stephen was Raised and has served in several Masonic bodies in New Mexico and is an Arizona Mason and Royal Arch Mason. He resides in Estancia (the literal “middle” of New Mexico) with his wife, Michele, and their five children on their mini-town-farm in a geodesic dome. He enjoys and promotes Masonry in all aspects, works with local businesses and entrepreneurs on optimizing and using technology, and is an avid fan of the charities that were born from and are a part of the Masonic Family of Organizations.

Masonic Bio:

  • Born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Grew up in New Mexico
  • Married to Michele A. Balke
  • We have five children and are proud of all of them
  • Independent Consultant for Business and Technology
  • I was Raised a Master Mason in February of 2007 at Edgewood Lodge in New Mexico
  • Master of Estancia Lodge 2009, District Deputy Grand Master 2015

Current/Past offices held:

  • General Grand Recorder, General Grand Council Cryptic Masons Int.
  • 1st Ancient – Masonic Societas Rosicruciana In Civitatibus Foederatis
  • Warder – Knights of York Cross of Honour
  • Past Grand High Priest – Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons
  • Past Grand Illustrious Master– Grand Council of Royal & Select Masters
  • Past Grand Commander – Grand Commandery of Knights Templar
  • Past Governor – York Rite Sovereign College
  • Past Sovereign – Red Cross of Constantine
  • Past Preceptor – Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests
  • Past Venerable Master and Commander of Kadosh – Santa Fe Valley
  • Past Excellent Chief – Knight Masons
  • Past Rainbow Dad – International Order of Rainbow for Girls


  • Kit Carson Chapter DeMolay – For Adult Affiliation
  • Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction
  • Ballut Abyad Shriners
  • Knights of the York Cross of Honor
  • Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests
  • Red Cross of Constantine
  • Masonic Societas Rosicruciana In Civitatibus Foederatis
  • Allied Masonic Degrees
  • Knight Masons
  • Grand College of Rites
  • Order of the High Priesthood
  • Order of the Silver Trowel
  • Past Commander’s Association
  • And I’m a proud Turtle – too!