“Faith isn’t magic, it’s a faculty we’re already using. We place our faith in things anyway, we may as well cultivate it with purpose.”
– Rev. Brian Akers
Rev. Brian was raised by a single parent who would eventually be diagnosed with schizoaffective schizophrenia. While he was a doting father who taught his son about the importance of love and community, Rev. Brian’s father was ill prepared to raise a child on his own. That meant Rev. Brian was raised, in large part, by American Society and the communities in which he lived. From family friends to teachers, coaches, parents of friends, community human service workers, and even a few truly exceptional individual adults, Rev. Brian was cared for by a transient “village” of compassionate and kind-hearted individuals spread out over the many years of his childhood. This is where his love and faith in Humanity was first cultivated.
Currently, with the help of his wife Kimberly, Rev. Brian looks to create a New Thought Religion known as “Oneness New Thought”, works to bring a Racial Equity Lens to institutions such as local governments and for profit and not for profit organizations, and works tirelessly in the current social movement for the Abolition of White Supremacy. Serving as the Sr. Minister of the Oneness Center for Spiritual Living Columbia in Maryland, Rev. Brian is committed to bringing reformation and practicality to New Thought and Religion in an attempt to reach audiences and communities that have been historically disenfranchised by faith communities, have outgrown their childhood theologies, or thought that “religion” wasn’t for them.
The “Lighter” Side of Life
Rev. Brian is a former Mixed Martial Artist, dirt bike enthusiast and all-around thrill seeker. From off roading to watersports, Rev. Brian grew up with a wild and active thirst for life and living. Never the model student, Rev. Brian has gained the majority of his education through life experience, trial and error, and a fearless willingness to try new things and challenge himself physically, mentally and, spiritually. While his fighting days are over, he is still a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and holds the rank of Purple Belt. When he’s not trying to live out his ministry in the world, Rev. Brian is helping his wife raise their young daughter and trying to find new ways to bring excitement and entertainment into his life and the lives of those around him.
“Reverend Brian Akers is steadfastly committed to fostering communities and a world where dignity is paramount. He is a powerful voice for healing injustice and brings a fortitude and vulnerability to his work. Rev Brian is deeply steeped in spiritual principles and practices and it’s an honor to call him a friend and colleague!”
“In my experience of working with Rev. Brian Akers, I find him a passionate, focused and a deeply caring individual who is dedicated to his spiritual life.”
“I find Rev. Brian a heart-centered, caring and compassionate person. I felt a kinship the moment I met him. He is also smart, thoughtful, and knowledgeable about this philosophy and a provocative teacher and leader. His journey is a testament to the Principle of mental science. He makes you think and lovingly doesn’t suffer fools.…
“The hadouken of the conscious spirituality, Brian is not afraid to speak truth into the hardest part of any conversation. He is a role model for how white men looking to recognize the imbalance we have played into for too long, own our own shit and make a positive difference for others.”
“Rev. Brian is a warm and caring individual. He is always ready with a smile and a word of encouragement. I always look forward to hearing him speak or sing at the CSL in Costa Mesa.”
“Brain is a center for Spiritual Living wrapped in commitment & understanding. He can help you discover your magnificence!”
“Compassionate, supportive and willing to help you to help yourself, leaning on him while you find your way to where you want to be. He is perfect for bridging a gap often found with youth and spirituality and has many years of experience at his command in this area. A true benefit to any team he is a part…
“Brian is a vibrant, passionate, enthusiastic leader. He is an inspiration.”