Culbertson, Nantucket & West Newbury Resident, Appointed Deputy Grand Master

By Christopher Rooney |

R.W. Peter M. Culbertson, 2020 Deputy Grand Master

Peter Michael Culbertson of West Newbury is the Deputy Grand Master of Masons for 2020. The Deputy Grand Master is the second highest ranking officer of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, comprised of over 23,000 members in more than 215 lodges statewide.

The Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts is the oldest Grand Lodge in the Western Hemisphere and the third oldest in the world. It was chartered in 1733, following the establishment of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717 and Ireland in 1725.

Richard Maggio, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts and the presiding officer in the state, handpicked Culbertson to serve as Deputy Grand Master. He will assist the Grand Master and preside over the Grand Lodge during his absence for the next year. He is also the Grand Master ex officio should the Grand Master not be able to complete his term. Maggio, of Winchester, was installed for the first of his three one-year terms as Grand Master during the same ceremony.

Culbertson is originally from Leland, MI and is a graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School. He attended both Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan.
He is the owner and operator of Culbertson Woodworking, located in Nantucket & Newbury, MA. He and his wife Debbi live in West Newbury, and have two adult children.

Brother Culbertson began his Masonic career in 2007 when he joined Union Lodge in Nantucket. He served as the Worshipful Master (or presiding officer) from October of 2010 to October of 2011. Masons use the original definition of the word worshipful: honorable. English mayors and judges are addressed by the title of “Worshipful” even today. As Deputy Grand Master, members of the fraternity will call Brother Culbertson “Right Worshipful.” He is currently the membership representative for his lodge.

He began his service to the Grand Lodge as a Grand Steward in 2014. He was then appointed to serve as the District Deputy Grand Master for the 20th Masonic District in 2016 and 2017. Culbertson received the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal, the highest honor a lodge can award one of its members, in 2018. In addition to serving as Deputy Grand Master for 2020, he also serves as a member of the Grand Lodge’s Board of Directors.

Active in several Masonic organizations, Culbertson is a 32° Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite – Valley of Boston. He is a member of Isle of the Sea Royal Arch Chapter, Boston Council of Royal & Select Master Masons, and St. Bernard’s Commandery No. 12. He is also a member of the Aleppo Shrine Temple in Wilmington.