Lead Military Ambassador
Hope Mills, NC.
Hello all, my name is David Nix. I am Active duty U.S. Army E-7 with 13 and a half years of service as of April of 2019. I am a husband of 11 years and father to one beautiful daughter and handsome little boy. I was raised in a Christian home, but never felt like it was me. When I was in high school, I discovered the New Age section in the local book store and started on the adventure that was Runes and Wicca/Pagan. I felt more at home, but still didn’t feel quite right.
I still have my first set of runes from the early 2002. I joined the Army in 2005 and deployed to Iraq in 2006. As anyone who has ever been to war can tell you, it changes you. I tried to be normal during that time and gave being a Catholic a try. Needless to say, that wasn’t for me.
After this, I started back down the road of learning and started on the road I would later learn as Asatru. I continued down this road quietly and kept to myself. I struggled with depression and anxiety due to work and family. After getting tired of being miserable, I decided to put my family and my faith first. I requested a religious accommodation and needless to say this put me on a highway for the Community, not just a path. Shortly following this decision, I encountered other practitioners who, like me, felt like Fort Bragg needed an Asatru community that was in accordance with Army EO policies; because no one likes meeting a group only to learn that they are racist or sexist. We have been on an amazing journey since then.
I look forward to serving the community as the Lead Military Ambassador.
Hail! I am Levi Simmons, I’m coming up on my 9th year of active service as a Hospital Corpsman Second Class (E5) in the US Navy. I am currently stationed in Yokosuka, Japan and have been in Japan for 6 Years now, I have served on a ship, hospitals and with the Marines. I, like many here, grew up in a Christian home. I never felt quite right whenever we went to church and it didn’t seem like the path I was meant to follow. About 10 years ago I had a pull to the Norse gods, but I, at the time, didn’t think of following them in a spiritual way. It took many years of learning and finally finding groups of people with the same mindset that I was able to call myself a heathen. I aim to educate, encourage and inspire other heathens and pagans who are interested in the path but do not know where to start. I look forward to serving with the community and assisting where I can.
I grew up in the small village I call home in Tuscola county Michigan. I first heard the call of Odin a long time ago when I was in middle school. Ever sence I have devoted myself to Odin and the runes. I later started to work as my local heathen community's Gothi and a teacher of the old ways to those willing to listen. I can't wait to help more people find their path in life as an Ambassador for the Asatru Community!
John Snow III
Deputy Director of the Ambassador Program
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 joined the TAC’s Clergy Training Program (currently enrolled) and is a TAC Military Ambassador.
John is currently stationed in Manama, Bahrain on the USS Chinook (PC-9) and is also serving as the Pagan Lay Leader to the Base Chapel on Naval Support Activity Bahrain.
Personal Note: Apostacy is illegal in Bahrain and (especially) in Saudi Arabia. If you find yourself in Saudi or Bahrain and wish to practice with a group or just want some fellowship, do not hesitate to contact me. I can provide private and secure spaces to worship or congregate on the base. The Pagan Fellowship Service is conducted weekly at 1800 on Tuesdays in the Chapel of Hope.
Director of Military Affairs
Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Hello! My name is Christopher Ray, I'm currently an Active Duty Army Paratrooper (19 years) stationed at Fort Lee, Va with my wife and two of my three children. I'm 36, originally from Oak Ridge, TN, but my dad was Army so I grew up all over. I'm in the process of becoming a Gothi, I truly feel called to that. I am very excited to be part of the Ambassador program for TAC and I am looking forward to all that we are going to accomplish as a community. Other things I enjoy doing; I'm a youth football coach, I'm the Chaplain for my son's Scouts BSA troop, I volunteer to help my daughter's dance studio with security during special events, fight sports (jujitsu, boxing, mma), 3 gun (modern or cowboy), hunting (bow/rifle/spear), deep sea fishing, wood work, and I'm trying to get into blacksmithing.
I am an Active Duty SSgt (E-5) in the US Air Force and hit my 8 year mark in February 2020. I'm married with 4 cats and am currently stationed at Ramstein AFB, Germany until 2022.
I've so far spent my career overseas and have deployed twice to undisclosed locations in southwest Asia in 2014 and the middle east in 2017.
Like many, my family was Christian but for whatever reasons I was never christened/baptized. I found paganism in my "rebellious" teenage years but floated between different types until I joined the USAF in 2012.
It was then, in BMT one of the Circle leaders told me about Asatru. I spent the next few years reading and learning what I could from books, blogs, and people I came across before, for lack of a better word, experimenting. I finally knew where I fit in in the world; its been 7 years since that first encounter.
While deployed in 2017 I discovered TAC and knew I wanted to grow further in my faith and community.
I have previously been a Lay Leader and have worked with Chaplains across the globe; I hope that by becoming an Ambassador I can better assist my military and Asatru community.