Dr. Ergun Caner is fond of ascribing various roles of importance within the mosque to his father. I have found nothing to corroborate his testimony in that regard. However, I have found some evidence that Ergun's father, Acar Caner, was prominent within the Turkish community. For example, I found that Acar Caner was President of the Turkish American Association of Central Ohio from 1983-84 and 1993-94 (source - including grainy photo). One is reminded as well of Jamal Jivanjee's carefully worded comment (discussed at greater length and with more context here) that "Mr. Acar Caner, was a very prominent leader within the Islamic community that we associated with and was very involved with this mosque." Technically, this prominence took place after Dr. Caner's conversion (the latest date for Dr. Caner's conversion is 1982). However, one would not expect Mr. Caner to rise to president in the first year or two of being involved in the group, so this evidence helps to confirm (and perhaps to clarify) some of Jamal's testimony regarding Acar Caner.