Southern States East

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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!

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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
 

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.

Chris Ray

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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.  

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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. 

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Michael Isom

Hail brothers and sisters. I am Michael “Ingvar” Isom. I am 63 y/o and married to a wonder man. I have a son and two beautiful grandchildren. I retired from the US Army with 21 years of service with INSCOM. The highlight of my career was being station in West Berlin when the Berlin Wall fell. I am also retired from a major US Bank having worked in their call center for 23 years. I was a Christian for most of my adult life but after coming out in 1999, the Christian religion meant nothing more to me. A few years later I search and was involved with various pagan religions to fill what was missing in my life. In 2008 I discovered that I had a different biological father, and this was proven though DNA testing. Through the DNA testing I found out that I had both German and Scandinavian ancestors. This sparked a new journey to connect with a whole new family and history I didn’t know I had. In 2018 I felt the ancestors calling and found The Asatru Community (TAC) and became a Charter member. Their Mission Statement, as well as the Shieldwall program and TAC signing Declaration 127 meant a great deal for me and that this would be a safe environment for a Gay Heathen. I look forward to serving both my community and TAC.

Brandi Ingram

Daytona, FL.

My name is Brandi Ingram; I go by Fallen Valk in almost everything I do, with the exception of all things legal.


I’ve been a practicing Pagan for 20 years, finding my comfort fit in Asatru coming on 4 years ago.


I suffer from Social Anxiety in almost all aspects, the one exception is discussing and taking part in Asatru and Pagan events.. it's as if Asatru is my healing power.


I'm glad to have found TAC. I vow to be the best Ambassador that I can be and I'm excited to continue my journey in becoming a certified Clergy.

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