Southern States East

West Virgina, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, & Florida

Dennis Oglesby

Vice President

Sanford, NC

Hello everyone, I am Dennis "Jorvik" Oglesby. I'm a 50 y/o husband of a spectacular wife, father of four and a grandfather to two girls that keep me young! I spent nearly 30 years of my life in the Army Special Forces, retiring in 2012 as a CW4. Through my world travels, I have seen and been through a lot, both good and bad. I enjoy serving my community and bettering this world for our children.

I was taught about the Norse God's at an early age by my father growing up as a kid in Oklahoma. He spoke of Thor and Odin to me many times and taught me that nature is our "church". My travels with the military put me in touch with a variety of religions around the world and broadened my beliefs. I travelled to Scandinavia many times and was exposed to the old Norse beliefs. I was never really a "religious" person but always considered myself very spiritual and connected with the old ways and Gods. I have traced my family tree ( and DNA) back to Germanic foundations via York (Yorvik) England, Ireland and Norway.

I studied world religions at Regis University where I received my B.A.  My studies also led me to Ásatrú and eventually brought me back to the old Gods in 2005. I've been a practicing Ásatrúar since 2012 and was initially disappointed with the Ásatrú community for all the hatred and bigotry that exists. I want to be part of something greater and more grounded in the old ways of my ancestors. 

I found TAC and followed it sometime before committing. I look forward to the opportunity to serve in TAC and to meeting as many of you as possible to connect and start lasting kinships. 

Hail!

Whitney Holderby

Norfolk, Virginia

Hello, my name is Whitney Holderby. I have been married to fellow Ambassador David Holderby for 13 years so far. Together we have a young daughter and care for my disabled mother.


I have been on the path of Asatru for nearly 3 years. For years I spent some time dancing around this path. When I was growing up I was a Christian, but when I was about 19, I thought about and looked into becoming Wiccan.

 

After that brief flirtation with Wicca, I forgot about it for quite some time. In 2016 my husband found himself on the path of Asatru. He read and listened to many books on Asatru and Heathenry. As he was reading, he discussed almost everything he was learning with me. I found myself being drawn down this path also.

 

Since then I have begun reading the same books and finding information on my own. I am glad we were both called down the same path as it has helped us grow even closer together.


Well that is my simple story of how I got here on the path of Asatru. I love chatting so if you want to chat or have any other questions about me feel free to ask.

Ashleah Hudson

Editor in Chief - Mimir's Well

Augusta, Georgia

Hail, all!

I live in a small suburb of Augusta, GA called Martinez, and even though I was in Los Angeles for five years in my 20's, I've lived here most of my life. 

I was raised Southern Baptist, but found the Pagan path 30 years ago at the age of 13. I started studying Wicca and went on a spiritual journey that introduced me to many other Pagan religions, so I ended up considering myself an eclectic Pagan for many years, but I found Asatru in 2015, and I now feel like I've finally found my home.  

I joined The Asatru Community in 2016, but remained pretty inactive until February of 2019. I became an Ambassador for Georgia in July of that same year. I am excited to serve as an Ambassador for TAC, bringing my local Pagan Community together. It’s now October of 2019, and I have recently been accepted into and have enrolled in both the Clergy Training Program and Ivy Mulligan’s Seidr Class. I know that these two classes will only enhance my abilities as an Ambassador and give me an even greater opportunity to serve my community.

- Ashleah Hudson
 

John Blaine

Military Ambassador

Fort Lee, Virginia

My name is John Blaine, It has been a journey to get this program finished, but here I am. I have been in military for 10yrs and currently serving as a instructor at fort lee, VA. I have a very different story that brought me to our faith. I hope to help this grow.

Vilhjálmur Narwud

CLERGY/GOÐI

Deltona, Florida

Hail & Greetings, 

I have been a Heathen for over 17 years, and a Practicing Asatru for 11 years. During that time I have made it my goal to serve the community and to lead by example. It is my wish to be someone those in my community can turn to for Blots, Rites, and other needs that may arise.

I am proud to be a Gothi for TAC and the Central Florida Community. I want you to know that I am here if you need me. I read Runes and Tarot. I also consider myself a Vitki or Male Witch. 

I look forward to serving the TAC Community as your Ambassador and as a Gothi. Please feel free to reach out to me if I can be of assistance.

May the Ancestors, Gods and Disir watch over and bless you in all things!

Skal!

Melanie Hanson

 

Fredricksburg, VA

Oh, gosh.  Where to begin?  I'm a practicing Völva, on my path to honor the Gods and our ancestors.  I am a wife, the mother of two gorgeous Norwegian Elkhounds, and really, just a good, down to earth, girl. I love to sing, craft necklaces and mix essential oils, and recently, I fell in love with wood burning.  I have a very special place in my heart for Freyja, and she is the one I spend a majority of my time speaking to when I commune with the Gods.  If I'm not at work or home, you can usually find me at one of the local gaming stores playing Pathfinder, or just playing in the dirt.  I like to get dirty, I'm definitely an earthy person, and I genuinely try and see the good in everything.  I'm approachable always, regardless of where I am, so feel free to say howdy.  

Anthony Powers

Regional Lead

Military Ambassador

Fort Benning, GA

Greetings to all my name is Anthony Powers, I'm currently an active duty SSG, serving the last 11 years as an MP currently stationed at Fort Benning, GA with my beautiful wife of 11 years and our three sons, although we do live in Alabama. I am currently working on my religious accommodation thru the Army and look forward to helping othere with the same goal.

     I grew up in a strict Catholic household and fell out of faith as I grew up. Eventually after some years in the Army I had a calling to the Norse gods and goddesses that drew me in and ignited a fire that has not been stopped to this day. I hope to continue my education by eventually becoming a Gothi, and I would like to develop something here at Fort Benning for the trainees as well as serving Alabama to the best of my ability.

Paul Allen "Red"

Bladenboro,

North Carolina

Skal, brothers and sisters, my name is Paul Allen I am 32 years old from a small rural town in North Carolina called Bladenboro. I was raised as a southern baptist. I always felt that there was something off about the theology and never felt any connection or pull to it. As a child I did have many spiritual experiences but as I aged I became another disenchanted youth and slowly lost faith and became Agnostic.

 

While attending Bladen Community College I studied religion, history and psychology in depth and became president of the history club. I have always loved the myths and legends of ancient Europe. I now work as an independent contractor at an eye doctor where we do VA disability exams.

 

One day around 2012 a marine was in for an exam and we had a brief exchange about his tattoos, although extremely busy he returned after his appointment and pressed an Irminfolk Odinist community coin into my hand. This began my journey into Asatru. I studied by myself for the next few years until once again, at work, I met a retiring veteran who is now one of my closest friends, peers, and also my mentor Dennis Oglesby.

 

After numerous discussions we began traveling the state doing TAC events. Many moons have passed and my dear friends Amy, and Richard both became ambassadors and now It is my wish to serve the community and our folk.

 

I am looking forward to many days and nights in the great outdoors rekindling the fires of our ancestors with you all.

Richard Ceely

Summerville, SC

Hello all, my name is Rich, and I am currently living in South Carolina due to family obligations. I started off on this path as a boy. My great grandparents who immigrated from Norway and Denmark in the 1920s, told me tales of the Gods and Wights. Showed me practices and customs they brought from their homelands. 
My parents were an odd couple, Father being from Heathen stock, my Mother a not so committed Italian Catholic. 
When my parents separated I remained with my Greats until they passed. As a young teen I was tossed into a family dispute on faith and Religion. I chose to shut out all beliefs and called myself an Atheist. In my 20s I followed a dream and moved from NY to Montana to become a big game hunting guide. I also reconnected with my Father. He picked up where my Grandparents left off. Recalling all the stories I once heard, remembering the families who gathered at my grandparents house for feasts and holidays. I found my calling again. Growing up in the 80s being a heathen was not common, same as I found out in Montana. When I moved east again, I decided to look for other Heathens and found TAC. With the help from some friends I decided to better serve the heathen community by becoming an ambassador in August of 2018. Since then I have met some great folk, all the while striving to educate and pass on the knowledge of the Ancestors.  

David Nix

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 Director of Military Affairs and Lead Military Ambassador. 

David Holderby

CLERGY/GOÐI

Norfolk, Virginia

My name is David Holderby. I have been an ambassador for nearly a year. I have been married for 14 years and have a wonderful daughter. My wife is also an ambassador with TAC. 


I have been on the path of Asatru or Norse paganism for nearly 3 years and practicing for nearly as long. I have taken The Asatru Community's Clergy Training Program and am now an ordained Gothi.

 

I enjoy getting to meet fellow Asatruar both face to face and through the various Facebook groups. If there is anything else, you would like to know feel free to ask.

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