David R. Bedwell was born on September 25, 1955 in Dearborn, Michigan. He graduated from Dearborn High School and attended Henry Ford Community College receiving an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology. He went on to study at the Detroit College of Business. Shortly after receiving his Degree, he began employment with the Ford Motor Company as a Test Technician, and later became an Engineering Design Technologist working in Powertrain Operations. He continues to work for the Corporation. He married Pauline M. Werth on July 26, 1980. They were blessed with a son and a daughter.
He joined the Boy Scouts of America as a Cub Scout and continued into Boy Scouts where he received the God and Country Award and the Eagle Scout Award at age 14.
He was raised as a Master Mason on February 20, 1989 in Dearborn Lodge No. 172, F. & A.M. In 1995 he served his Lodge as Worshipful Master. In 1997, he was elected Lodge, District and State Mason of the Year. He was elected Worshipful Grand Marshal in the same year.
He holds honorary memberships in Lake City Lodge No. 408 and in Golden Ark Lodge No. 595. His other Masonic affiliations include the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Detroit, Dearborn Chapter No. 172, R.A.M., Redford Commandery No. 55, K.T., St. Clement Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, Thistle and Rose Council No. 27, A.M.D., Ahmed Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., and the Michigan Lodge of Research and Information No. 1. He served as President of the Detroit area Masonic Masters Association in 1997, and in 1996 was appointed Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of Manitoba. For his distinguished service to the Craft, he was Coroneted a 33º Mason on September 23, 2003, in St. Louis, MO.
He continues to be very interested and involved in Masonic Renewal at a state and National level.
He was duly elected and installed as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Michigan on May 31, 2002.
During his term of office he developed and led a one-day program to raise Master Masons. The program held at five Masonic Centers was a success and raised over 500 Master Masons.