Bryon & Abby Akerman
Married since 2009, our Lead Pastors Bryon and Abby have brought all their passions and talents together for God’s purpose and vision for this church. They have 3 beautiful children: Brandon, Jaida and Makiah. They founded The Church back in 2013, and their main mission is to give God every opportunity to show off!
Bryon comes from a Pentecostal background, which might come out with a stomp of the foot or a random shout of “Je-sus” from time to time. He is full of character and Godly wisdom. Bryon will never sugar-coat God’s Word, and he will love you no matter who you are. His unrivaled gift of speaking, quick witted personality, and his talent for effective analogies might leave you speechless! But he will always challenge you with truth and love.
Abby loves spending time with family, and she might be slightly competitive when it comes to softball, or maybe just anything. Once in awhile you might find her painting furniture or even a mural on a wall! When she’s not singing and playing keys at church, she’s at home schooling her children, and taking care of business!
Most of all, they love seeing God show off His work through The Church and all of His people!
Associate/ Transition/ Recovery Pastor
She’s never had a drug addiction. She’s never been homeless. She definitely hasn’t been locked up in prison. But you will find this God fearin’ woman in all these places ministering to anyone that will listen! Tammy Akerman, married to the one and only Rick Akerman, has always had a heart for the lost and broken. For the last 10 years, she has spent countless hours reaching out to the drug addicted, the homeless and those in prison. One might say she isn’t qualified because she lacks the real life experience, but she will quickly tell you that there is a God that doesn’t lack in anything! Tammy is the Founder and Leader of Freedom Reigns, our addiction recovery program that meets every week. She also leads a team of people that will go into the prisons, and ministers at the Jesus House on a weekly basis. Tammy’s honesty, wisdom and heart to serve shows the true heartbeat of this church.
Business Administrator/Women's Ministries
This amazing woman of God is a true pioneer. The foundation and core group started with just four Akerman members…and Cindy! And she’s still here! As a mother of 2 and grandmother of 7, Cindy loves to spend time with her family and travel wherever they might be at the time (both military families). She loves to adorn God’s creation through these travels, and her favorite place to be is anywhere outdoors. Her experience through mission trips have allowed her to see other countries and cultures, and has opened her eyes to the beauty of diversity! Cindy is a faithful servant of God, and her loyalty has kept her employed with Price Edwards & Company for the last 32 years. She enjoys cooking, and eating a good steak!
Robert leads our students with passion and transparency! He has 3 awesome kids: Parker, Mackenzie, and Greyson. This means he knows the pains, struggles, and rewards of being a parent. He loves kids! But, he also loves food! If there is a restaurant in Oklahoma, he’s probably been there. He spends a lot of time watching his son play soccer. robert has grown up in church and had an incredible youth pastor show him what it really means to be there for students help them through this crazy time in their lives! He also wants to be a resource for parents. While he may not always have the answer, he is committed to being a support for students and their parents!
Brandi is one of those who will put a smile on your face because she loves to do nice things for you when you least expect it! She also loves being a full time wife to Billy Decker, and Mom of 3 amazing kids: Hezekiah, Antonio, and Alec. She enjoys staying at home, and wouldn’t trade what she does for the world! Brandi also has a passion for kids and families who have been affected by drug addiction. She wants them to know there is a hope and a future in Jesus Christ! She didn’t know her love for kids would lead her to The Church and the kids ministry. The ChurchKids teachers have a huge impact on kids every week, and Brandi is excited to be a part of God’s plan for our youth!
Billy Decker/Aaron Cosar
Billy has a strong passion to lead men to the cross through the journey of discipleship. He loves seeing God transforms mens struggles into their strengths, just as he has experienced in his own life. He is married to Brandi and together they are a powerhouse couple and living testimony of what God can do!
If you ever walk into The Church and hear the sweet melodic sound of a guitar, it’s just Ricky doing his thing! But the journey to The Church wasn’t always easy. Growing up in a small farm town, he grew apart from family due to bad choices, but through the grace of Jesus, He has restored those relationships and so much more! Even though Ricky has been playing guitar for 17 years, music isn’t his only passion. He might be quiet, but his love for serving and ministering to the homeless and broken speaks louder than words. Ricky leads a group that goes out on a weekly basis to feed, pray with, and love on the homeless of OKC. Ricky enjoys anything outdoors, and lives to know Jesus and His love, and wants to make His love known to those around him.
Growing up right down the street from The Church, Jase never knew he would be back in the same area where God would completely transform his life. And now he’s playing a part in helping to do that for others! After a struggle with drug addiction for 25 years, he entered a rehab program in 2016 at the Jesus House. From there, he immediately started riding The Church bus in order to attend church services. Now, Jase is the one driving that bus and he gets to share his story with those fighting the same battle. Besides his passion for ministry, Jase loves his job at Marriott Hotels, and he enjoys spending time with his two amazing daughters, Abbie and Megan.
How do you give a title to a man that literally does EVERYTHING at The Church? From church security, to fixing anything gone wrong or broken, putting up a wall, or tearing down a wall, counting money, or helping someone find their seat, Rick Akerman does it all. You might even catch him preaching a good Word to someone once in awhile! Rick partners with his wife, Tammy, in all things, and together they make a strong foundation for this ministry. When you come to The Church, Rick will always be there to greet you with a big smile, and a good laugh!
Todd, Todd, Todd….Besides being the resident dad-joke teller, this man heads up the media team. He is always one of the first to volunteer and one of the last to leave. Todd was born and raised in Alaska. He’d like everyone to know that he has never lived in an igloo and it can get above freezing, even to the 90’s there! He was blessed to be raised in a christian home and even went to a christian school, but it wasn’t until moving to Oklahoma and found The Church that Todds heart changed. It has pushed him to be transparent and open about where he was in his relationship with Christ. He feels so blessed to be surrounded by a church family that holds him accountable and encourages him. The Church feels just as blessed that he is part of the family!
Terry & Linda Shultz
Once upon a time two amazing people fell in love, got married, and started a life together. Through many ups and downs, 39 years and 10 grandchildren later, God prompted them to bring all their wisdom, passion and experience to The Church! Meet Terry and Linda. Beyond church, they both enjoy walking trails and going on road trips. Terry once had a good go-around as a lifeguard, but nowadays he could be named as “The Church Baby Holder” as you will most likely find him, at any point, walking around with one in his arms. Linda once owned and operated her own tearoom! All these things aside, their true passion lies with the Connection class that they lead every week. They enjoy pouring God’s Word into people and guiding them to their next step! In addition, Terry is one of our board members and we appreciate all the wisdom and discernment that he brings to the team! Terry and Linda have so much to give, and we know that anyone who gets the privilege to sit under their teaching is beyond blessed!
Completely terrified and lacking in confidence, Sandy first stepped into the kids ministry not realizing how much she would enjoy teaching and working with the kids! Not only did she love it, but she’s really good at it! Her joy comes from seeing their faces light up when they get the lesson and are eager to answer all the questions. Because of her faithfulness and integrity, this has led her to becoming part of the board, where she advises with that same faithfulness and integrity! Sandy’s happy place is in the mornings spending time with the Lord, drinking coffee, and listening to music! She is Mother of 3, and Grandmother of 5. And if you find her laughing, it’s because she love to laugh, especially at herself! Life is too short not to laugh. Sandy loves The Church and we love her sweet personality and passion to serve the Lord.