TAC Ordained Clergy
Clergy can be reached via email by clicking on their image. Information regarding the Clergy Training Program can be found by clicking the following link. 
TAC CTP

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John W. Snow III
Director of Religious Affairs

Lake Stevens, WA
 

John is a Culinary Specialist First Class in the United States Navy. He was brought up in a very religious household within the Church of Christ denomination, but began to question doctrine very early on. In 2006, he officially dedicated himself to the Old Ways and tried to gain as much knowledge of the history and modern interpretations of Paganism and Pagan society. In 2010, John joined the Navy to originally be a CTI (linguist). In 2012, he became an Interfaith Minister and (later that year) began to study the more Nordic branches of Paganism alongside his Roman studies. In 2018, John first joined the Troth and in early 2019, John joined The Asatru Community.

 

He has gone through the TAC’s Clergy Training Program to earn his Goði certification, and he is a TAC Military Ambassador.

 

John is currently stationed in Everett, WA with his husband and son.

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Brandon Hummel
Deputy Director of Religious Affairs

Wickliffe, KY

My Name is Brandon J Hummel, I am the proud father of 3 boys and a girl and a veteran of 8 years with the U.S. ARMY.  I have been practicing Asatru since 2012 and found TAC about 5 years ago. Please feel free to contact me.

“I was young once, I walked alone, alone I became lost on my way.
I felt like I was rich when I met another traveler – People’s joy is in other people”  Havamal 47

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Topher Henry
President

Friendship, IN

Hail and merry met! I'm Topher W. Henry, and I live in Friendship, Indiana. I'm the President of TAC as well as a clergy member. 

I've been a practicing pagan/heathen since 1985 and a member of TAC since 2015.

I'm proud to say I'm the first graduate of the TAC Clergy Program and I'm excited for the opportunity to lead that fine program and help new clergy members learn the Old Ways. I have over 2 years’ experience as an ambassador for TAC and was the Director of the Program for more than a year.

 

I'm a veteran of the USMC.  I have a bachelor’s degree in human resource management and I currently work as a data analyst for a grocery broker in Cincinnati. I'm married to my lovely Witchy Wifey Liz, who's also a charter member. I have a 16-year-old daughter who's currently attending a school of the arts for theater and who tolerates all the “weird” stuff Dad does.

As the President of TAC, my goals and vision can be best described with one word that means a great deal to me…FRITH. I'll build frith within our community, and outside of our community as well. I'll be extending offers of frith to other heathen and pagan groups. Whether it involves creating a new relationship, or rebuilding one, I'll do what's necessary to create positive working relationships with all who are willing to take a seat next to me by the fire. 


I look forward to the opportunity to serve our community as the President of TAC, and I don't take that responsibility lightly, I have an open-door policy, so if you need to speak to me about anything TAC-related or other, please feel free to reach out. Together we'll make the Asatru Community the largest and best heathen community in the world!


Our gods are bigger than our differences!


In Frith,


Topher W. Henry
President of The Asatru Community

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Dennis Oglesby
Vice President

Lillington, NC

Hello my name is Dennis “Jorvik” Oglesby. I'm a husband, father, and grandfather.

​I'm a Veteran of the US Army Special Forces, serving my regiment in a variety of specialties before finally retiring in 2012 as Special Forces Warrant (CW4). During my career starting in 1984, I had combat tours in Somalia and Iraq twice. Additionally, I served multiple tours in Europe (Yugoslavia), Africa, and the Middle East. My military time also led me to Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland several times. I always enjoyed the culture and felt a special kinship to the people there. Later, I'd find out through DNA testing that this was where my ancestors came from and led to my deeper exploration of the Norse Gods and religion in school, eventually leading me to Asatru.

My goal is to help grow our community into a close-knit family. I want to help provide a safe and friendly community in which this is possible. Additionally, to help each of you find your potential within Asatru and the calling we all hear; regardless if it's personal or giving back to the community. I'm here to help. I'm always searching for better ways to reach just a portion of TAC here in the SSE, and sometimes I reach out to Ambassadors in other states I visit and grow my network. As heathens, we have to make efforts to come out of our shells and meet others. Our community will only be as strong as we make it, and together we can make it succeed.

I'm deeply honored to have this opportunity to serve all of you in TAC.

Skål!

Seth Chagi
Founder

Thousand Oaks, CA

Seth Chagi is the founder of The Asatru Community. He's been practicing Asatru/Heathenry for over a decade now, delving into the more esoteric/shamanistic sides of Asatru. He's learned much, but there's always so much more to learn on this journey we've all begun.

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Jeddar Felix
High Drighton

Dallas, TX

Hail and greetings, brothers, sisters, and friends!  I am Patrick Golden, commonly known by the pseudonym of Jeddar Felix online.  I am currently in Carrollton/Dallas Texas.  Being a Navy brat, I have grown and spent time most everywhere on Midgard.  I am quite happy to have passed the Clergy Training program to be ordained as one of TAC’s esteemed Gothi.  To summarize, I come from a mixed heathen and mostly Christian background, having found my way to Odin’s call in mid-2018, quickly found myself volunteered into the Ambassador’s program, and from there into the CTP!  I look forward to helping anyone I can and will soon be looking into forming a new Kindred as soon as this current pandemic settles down.

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Nikk Baker

Nashville, TN

Hello. My name is Nikk. I am a single mother of two boys from a small town just west of Nashville, Tennessee. I have been studying and practicing paganism in various forms for a little over 20 years now in a rather eclectic way while finding my "place". I was raised in Christianity. But at age 13, my father told me he wanted me to study and learn different paths and find what's right for me. Once I found pagans, I started with Wicca (mostly because that was all that was easy to find at the time) and then went on studying and learning different paths and pantheons until I was called to the Norse more firmly a little over 3 years ago (though I'm sure I was being lead here the whole time, although slowly). 

 

My primary deity I work with most in my personal practice is Loki, but I do work with others as well across the pantheon, and especially so in group settings. I believe all have their place and "specialties" and don't discriminate in practicing and growing with gods, or people. What I do most in my practice is study and share what I learn as able; provide an ear, prayer, guidance, & working for those in need of it; and I also do tarot & oracle readings and am a writer/author with a book on Wicca for children already self-published and a blog that's focused more on my Lokean side and also on the Myths and lore of the Norse (with a few other topics here and there).

 

My main goal, however, is to be able to help people; to teach and learn and comfort; and to help others find the path and place that is right for them in a way that is inclusive of all who feel called to whatever path may call them. With TAC, I hope to be able to do that even more so. And most importantly, I hope that I never forget that I am never finished learning. 

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Erik Burns

Seguin, TX

Greetings! My name is Erik Burns, and I've lived in South Texas most of my life.  Although my degree is in Mathematics and Computer Science, I make my living as a teacher.  I'm an avid fan of video games, music, and sci-fi/fantasy fiction.  I've also been known to use my spare time writing, researching (both academic and geneological topics), and coding small but useful programs.

A child of the 80s, Asatru has been a part of my life since about the time I finished college.  I've been a practicing vitki since 2010 and a member of TAC since 2018.

As a member of the TAC clergy, it is my intention to provide service
and support not only for new and established members of the Asatru faith, but also those who feel religiously marginalized or who don't have a religion to provide them with support."

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Jaclyn "Jaská" Bush

Hailsa!


My working name is Jaská (YAHS-keh) and I've embraced the Old Ways for the past several years.


Heathenry has helped me grow in ways I didn't think possible. I'd always known there was something more, and finally I've found my truth. This truth has led me to be more patient, nurturing, and understanding of not only people in my community, but of the world and other beings as well.

I've been a student of great women who are an inspiration to myself and others. However, the time has come for me to expand beyond this role and offer my knowledge as a teacher to fellow people who choose to follow the same path. This doesn't mean my proficiency ends here! As I walk among you all, my awareness will continue to grasp new information.


May the gods be with you.

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Ben Carr

Oak Park, MI

Hello. My name is Ben Carr and I am a husband, teaching professor, political activist, volunteer, and now a goði. I am originally from Texas, but relocated to south east Michigan, my wife’s home, in 2014 so we could be involved in the family upbringing of her sister’s son.

I started my true practice in 2019, only dabbling for the previous three years, and joined the TAC in early 2020. While I’ve always felt stronger connections with nature and polytheism than the Protestantism I was brought up in, I was never really able to begin defining it until a few years ago when I returned from a Baltic cruise determined to get more “in touch” with the faith I felt my ancestors were trying to share with me. Since then I have been in an self-accelerated path to understanding and devotional practice.

 

Originally, I began the Clergy Training Program in the hopes of learning more as I would in an academic environment, but I quickly felt compelled to commit myself to the work if I passed. The opportunity to share the lore and wisdom, as well as delve into the mysteries, like the Runes, became a consuming desire.

While I am still new in many respects I want to share whatever useful knowledge and skills I have, from aid in study, to spiritual assistance, to ritual and ceremony.

 

If any Asatruar, heathen, or pagan in southeast Michigan is in need of aid please reach out to me and I will do my best to help you in your spiritual walk.

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Lise Christofferson

Pueblo, CO

Hello, I’m Lise Christofferson, and I'm a gythia ordained by The Asatru Community. I live in Pueblo, Colorado, and you can reach me through TAC or through my page on Witchvox.com. I perform weddings, funerals, handfastings, and age rituals such as naming ceremonies, first tooth, coming of age, saging, and croning.

I believe in bringing the gods, goddesses, ancestors, and spirits back into our celebrations and our spirituality into our daily lives. I regularly perform ritual and functions in my area, and I'm always reaching out to the greater pagan community, as well.

 

I truly believe in the spiritual path of Asatru, and in TAC’s commitment to its growth through education and bringing people together. There's a place for everyone at the spiritual table of Asatru.

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Rachael Fling

Hi my name is Rachael,  

I live on the front range of the Rocky Mountains in the City of Broomfield, Colorado. I have been an eclectic pagan for most of my life. I was called to the path of shamanism roughly 12 years ago. I received my formal shamanic education through the Foundation for Shamanic studies founded by Michael Harner, Ph.D. It is through these studies I was led to the heathen path, Asatru, and was introduced to the shamanic practices of the Volva. I have now been studying the path of the Volva for well over a year and I continue to grow in that area. I was reluctant to call myself a Heathen or admit that I followed the Asatru path because of the stigma that those paths often receive. When I found TAC it was like a home away from home. I am a Transgender woman and I believe whole heartedly that all people have their own special gifts to add to heathenry and no one should be excluded because of who they are. I do not profess to know all that is, only that my learning continues and I strive to be the best I can be. I was shown my Wyrd and the path of the Gydja and becoming a Godi was laid before me. I have always known my life was to serve my community. I am a Paramedic serving the city and county of Boulder, Colorado and now I am here to serve my Heathen community as a Gydja. I am available for anything, be it Ritual, ceremonies, celebrations or simply needing a person to talk to. I am hoping to help form a more cohesive heathen community, one in which all are welcome. 

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Austin Harasti

Fort Hood, TX

Hail!

 

My name is Austin Harasti. I'm active-duty Army. I'm excited to be a member of this community. I started my path in Asatru back in 2011 and joined the Army in 2012. While I'm currently enlisted as a combat engineer, one day I wish to become an Asatru chaplain for the Army. I love being outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking. I have a young son and a wife.

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Colby Hartke

Bunker Hill, WV.

My name is Colby Hartke. I Live in Bunker Hill, WV, and I work as a veterinary technician.My passion for helping others has grown ever stronger since I was a child. I hope to be of service to so many.I am A Reiki master, Rún Valdr practitioner, and Vitki.I have studied under many religious leaders and spiritual guides over the past 12 years. I hope to be able to pass on what I’ve learned.I am grateful for TAC and the Frith we continue to bring.May the Gods/Goddesses, Disir, Ancestors, and Vaettir guide you well on your path.

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David Holderby

Norfolk, VA

Hello and greetings. My name is David Holderby.

I live in Norfolk, VA with my wife of over a dozen years and my young daughter.

I've been studying Norse, Asatru, and heathenism for almost four years and practicing for nearly three. 

I, like many others, grew up in a Christian home. When I was growing up, I was a Nazarene Christian, and my father took me to church when he could. It was tough for us to go all the time, as he was a member of our US military. When I was a teenager, he married my stepmother, who'd take me with her to Catholic mass, as she was Catholic. Neither of these places felt completely right for me, but I continued to go to make everyone happy.

 

When I was in the ninth grade, I met a girl who, years after high school, would become my wife. She invited me to go with her to a Friday night church service, and I went, mostly to hang out with my friends. During that time, I felt a calling. I was unsure what it was, but within the situation I was in, I thought I was being called to be a youth preacher.

Years went by, and I still felt as though something was missing, but still felt that calling. Sometimes the call was just a whisper, and other times it was a loud trumpet in my dreams. I made it into adulthood, married my wife, and never felt the need to search for a Christian church for myself or my family.

 

Then, a few years back, I met a friend who had different beliefs than I thought I did at the time. He explained his beliefs, and as soon as that conversation was done, everything clicked into place for me. I started reading and absorbing any book or website I could find on Asatru or Norse paganism. About two years or so after finding my path, I felt that familiar call again. I was already a member of The Asatru Community and saw they had a Clergy Training Program, and everything again clicked into place.

I signed up to become an Ambassador and, shortly after, signed up for the clergy program. I hit some bumps while working through the program, but I had a wonderful mentor who helped me and guided me through my rough spots. The program says most people complete it in six months, but it took me almost ten, because I got close to the end and lost my steam. Unfortunately, it took the passing of my friend and mentor to reignite the fire to finish the program. I would not let down myself, my ancestors, or the person who believed in me enough to help me. This is my story of how I got to this point.

My goals now are to continue learning and growing on this path, to expand my current local group and my kindred, which is just my family as of now, and to take more classes so I can help people in my community as a gothi.

Kurt Hoogstraat

IL

Kurt Hoogstraat is 53. He lives in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. He's a vitki first. Twenty-plus years of vitki experience is part of what he brings to the table.

 

He's the founder of the Facebook group Vitki/Volva Forum, which currently has over 1000 members. He has vitki apprentices. His blog Vitki Musings is popular. He's been performing spiritual guidance and education for some time. He's always open to learning and growing. 

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Shane Nelson

Brownsville, OR

Shane is a healer, a teacher, a chaplain, and a ritual leader in Eugene, Oregon. While he has been connected to the divine through nature his entire life, he has been actively walking his path of Nature-Centered Spirituality for over twenty years. His path has led him across the country and internationally, serving the larger Pagan community and training in the traditions of Greencraft Wicca, Asatru, and Druidry.

Healer—Shane earned his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in December 2017. Since graduating, he has obtained specialty training and experience in working with trauma, substance abuse, and spirituality. Currently, Shane is a serving as a clinical counselor supporting youth who have survived trauma to heal and grow.

Teacher—Shane is a faculty instructor and mentor at Cherry Hill Seminary as part of the Pastoral Counseling Department and Community Ministry Certification program, teaching courses on spiritual counseling, self-care, human development, and pathworking.

Chaplain—Shane volunteers as a hospital chaplain providing support for patients, families, and friends as they experience birth, illness, injury, and death. He is continuing this work forward to the military, supporting others on the path towards military chaplaincy, and entering the final application and accession processes for his own appointment as a military chaplain.

Ritual Leader—Shane has served as a ritual leader for Sacred Well Congregation since 2006, providing Open Circle rituals nationally and internationally. Currently, he serves as the Director of Military Affairs for Sacred Well Congregation, a non-denominational Wiccan organization that endorses inclusive Pagan religious services for our military community. Shane has been a participating member of The Asatru Community since 2017, providing rituals as requested. The Asatru Community is an inclusive, international Asatru organization. Shane is in the final year of his Master of Divinity program at Starr King School for the Ministry.

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Vincent Panell

Lakeland, FL

Hail and greetings, everyone.

 

I've been practicing for well over 15 years. I grew up in a Christian house but never felt drawn to it. I've always felt drawn to the Norse gods, and once on my own, I followed the path I was always drawn to. 

 

I spent 5 years in the Marine Corps, where Asatru wasn't recognized at my time of service. Thankfully, that's starting to change now.  I've done tons of research in magik, rituals, and the mythology of Asatru over the years. Even after all the years of study, I still find myself learning something new everyday.

I'm very active in the TAC community. Even though I live in Florida, I encourage anyone who needs to reach out to me to do so. I'm here to give guidance to anyone who reaches out to me. 

 

May the gods watch over and bless us in all we do in our daily lives.

 

Vincent Panell

Lakeland, Florida, United States

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Nim Róta

WA

Hail, TAC Members!

 

My journey took me on a few turns before I got here, spending the first 8 years of my practice as an Eclectic Pagan. In 2018, I was abruptly called to this path by Frigg. What followed was intensive learning, incredible growth and a homecoming I had never experienced before. I am honored to be here now, in what truly feels like home. This is an incredible community and I look forward to connecting with and supporting you all in any way that I can. 

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Jason Scharf

Carlton, WA

My name is Jason Scharf. I am 46 years old and live in Carlton, Washington in the Okanogan Valley. I have been a practicing Heathen for the last 20 years. I joined TAC in 2018 and have been studying with Ivy Mulligan. 
As a new Gothi for TAC I plan to build a Kindred in my area and grow a community of Heathens who are able to provide for ourselves, and for Heathens who are passing through and need a place to rest. 
As an ex convict and all that comes with the territory, I will stand against racism and hate of all kinds. Because I have been on both sides I now choose the truth of the Gods and I will show it through my actions and words.
Thanks to TAC and the tribunal for working so hard to make and keep TAC what it is.
Hailsa!

Gray

Gray Utstott

Hail and well met, I have been a practicing heathen for many years now. Prior to the call of Thor I had devoted time and efforts into several religions along my path of learning but none would ultimately call to me as the Asatru would. I have long lived in an area where teachings and kinship for our faith has been vastly disconnected. Through many devout years of consideration I was shown than my path was to include helping others learn in ways that I was not afforded.I travel a path myself that many do not which allows me a great reach into the lives of those around me. With this I devote my will to the words and the teachings of our faith. Just as we have seen in stories which include our Gods and Goddesses, walking our path alone often leads us to dark and cold places. With the warmth of great fires, kith and kin no heathen should be left to feel abandoned.I am a father, a brother, and a son to those I share place in Midgard with as well as my ancestors. If you are in need, I will help you. It matters not the plight that has befallen you as this is how heathens should be.

 

With honor, Gray.

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Chris Ways

AZ

Hail!

 

I’m Chris Ways and I live in Peoria, Arizona. I live with my wife and fur babies, four cats and two dogs. I have a bachelor’s degree in business administration. I am currently working in the healthcare field as a claim’s processor for an insurance company. I have been studying Asatru for about 5 years now and really practicing for about 4 years now. I am a TAC ambassador, which I love meeting people in our region and hope to provide a tight knit community.

 

I am very honored and excited to become a TAC Clergy Member. The Gods have helped me in so many ways, and this is one way I feel called to give back. I love to help people and provide information on our religion to anyone seeking. I hope to be able to assist in hospitals and prisons when restrictions are lifted. My goal is to help those seeking Asatru, realize how inclusive we are. However, we will not stand for white-supremacy and neo-Nazis in our faith. I look forward to meeting and leading the community.