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Like father, like son: Minister and his dad work together on new church for south Oklahoma City congregation

Father-son duo Rick and the Rev. Bryon Akerman are leading a project to create a new house of worship for Bryon Akerman’s congregation called the Church of Acts in south Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Modified: June 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm •  Published: June 14, 2014

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Rick Akerman helps his son, the Rev. Bryon Akerman, paint at 5905 S May Ave., the future location of Church of Acts. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Rick Akerman helps his son, the Rev. Bryon Akerman, paint at 5905 S May Ave., the future location of Church of Acts. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman DOUG HOKE

There aren’t many projects the Rev. Bryon Akerman is afraid to tackle.

The south Oklahoma City preacher said he inherited his “can do” attitude from a source close to home — his dad.

That’s why no one who knows the ministry-minded man and his father would be surprised to learn about their latest project that involves lots of sweat equity — and plenty of faith.

Akerman and his father, Rick, are working together on a new building for the Church of Acts. The church, founded by Bryon Akerman, now meets on Saturday evenings at May Avenue Wesleyan Church, 5201 S May, but hopes to gather in a new house of worship come August.

The Akermans are renovating a former Braum’s store at 5905 S May into the new church facility. They said the former ice cream store will house the church’s lobby, restrooms and classrooms, while a metal building that will house a 125-seat sanctuary is being constructed and will be added onto the back of the former store.

Since his church meets on Saturdays, Bryon Akerman, 33, said he and his father and church volunteers have been working on the project together on Sundays.

He said his retired father has done much of the labor, even though the older man is modest about it.

Bryon Akerman is a full-time audiovisual specialist, so he works on the project after work and on weekends, he said.

But Rick Akerman, 62, works at the church site on most weekdays and led the effort to knock out walls of the former store, his son said. He also installed the tile floors and did a lot of the dirt work needed to prepare the property that will house the metal building addition.

“It frees me to do my job and also work on my sermons,” Bryon Akerman said of his father’s initiative and leadership on the church project.

The two said they have enjoyed working on the project together, and their easy-going banter seemed to back up their words as they recently toured the church property.

“I am the conservative one,” Rick Akerman said, teasing his son about their differing opinions on projects.

“I am the visionary,” Bryon Akerman countered with a smile.

“Well, we both see the vision — he may go around the block three times, where I want to go in a straight line,” Rick Akerman said, with a grin.

Answering God’s call

Bryon Akerman said his father came up with the idea to purchase the property where the new church will be housed.

He said his dad transports people from the Jesus House homeless shelter to Church of Acts worship services on Saturdays. With church attendance increasing each week, the older man saw the growing need for a church building.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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If you go

Church of Acts

When: 5 p.m. Saturday.

Where: May Avenue Wesleyan Church, 5201 S May.



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