The Shaykh of the New York branch was Shaykh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi al-Halveti who was an author, translator and Sufi. He served as a government official in Ankara, Honorary Consul of Turkey in Morocco and was the Sheikh of the Jerrahi-Halveti Order in America. In 1970 Shaykh Bayrak met Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak Ashki al-Jerrahi who became his teacher. Shaykh Bayrak later became a shaykh of the Halveti-Jerrahi order and resided near the Jerrahi Order of America mosque in Spring Valley, New York. He had been a spiritual guide of the Jerrahi Order of the Americas since 1977. He passed on February 15, 2018.
Shaykh Tosun Bayrak has said:
“Service should be from the moment you are born until the moment you give your last breath, but you have to find out in what way. That's what's most important. We have to find out in what manner we are supposed to serve."