TAC Ordained Clergy
President of The Asatru Community
Indiana, United States
Hail and Merry Met! I am Topher W. Henry and I live in Friendship, Indiana. I am the President of TAC as well as a Clergy Member.
I have been a practicing Pagan/Heathen since 1985 and a member of TAC since 2015.
I am proud to say that I am the first graduate of the TAC Clergy Program and I am 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 am 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 am married to my lovely Witchy Wifey Liz, who is also a charter member. I have a 16-year-old daughter who is 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 will build frith within our community, and outside of our community as well. I will be extending offers of frith to other heathen and pagan groups, whether it involves creating a new relationship, or rebuilding one, I will do what is necessary to create positive working relationships with all that 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 do not 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 will make the Asatru Community the largest and best heathen community in the world!
Our Gods are Bigger than our Differences!
Topher W. Henry
President of The Asatru Community
Oregon, United States
I have been a practicing Heathen and Priestess since the early 1980s; and I have had the honor of meeting, knowing and working with some of the early pioneers~ not only in the Goddess Movement, but also in the US Heathen reconstructionist faith.
The resurgence in the past 10 years of folks being called to the path of our Asatru faith has brought to the forefront a need for a merging of modern pagan techniques and crafting, with the staunch Reconstructionist traditions. There is a collective drive to implement our sacred Lore and the wisdom of our ancestors with the effectual Spá practices of today.
I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains, the remote high peaks region of northern New York. I am an avid outdoor enthusiast, an instructor of wilderness survival, a naturalist, herbalist, Reiki Master, Crystal therapist and certified Life Coach. I work with NOLS and teach outdoor survival, as well as advanced first aid for The American Red cross. I have participated as a leader, healer and Priestess in the pagan community since 1995.
Walking the path of a Northern Shaman, I became initiated as a Master Core Shaman, and was taught a Sami form of Core Shamanism by the late Alio Gaup from 2010-2012. I was introduced to the arts of the Seið-practitioner in 2005 by a Völva from Norway, and today I have taken two consecutive summer sessions of weeklong Norse Mysteries intensives with Inger Borg and Lindy Fay Hella when they visit the states. I was a member of the Troth in 1998, I became a Gythia, and performed many public blots, rites of passage and oversaw many teaching Circles from 1998 till today. I discovered The Asatru Community 3 years ago now. I have written a couple of books, and somehow, I got the privilege of helping to create the Clergy Training Program for TAC. After a time, I was then asked to be Director of Religious Affairs, which I adored, then after the death of Sage nelson, I became the Vice president at the end of 2018.
Myself and my long time Spiritual Sister run the 21st Century Heathen and the Germanic/Teutonic Center for Cultural Arts web sites which promotes the memory, use, and re-constructing practices of our Ancestors way of living -transposed on a modern high-tech world; thereby ensuring the continuing evolution, of our cultural heritage arts.
My lifestyle of living close to the natural world as well as my dedication to the Earth Spiritualism lead me to become an active Heathen steward in the protection and furtherance of our planet and its future. I am a landscaper, master gardener and plant whisperer. Currently myself, my husband, and our dog Basil, live in western Washington.
Hello my name is Dennis “Jorvik” Oglesby. I am a husband, father and grandfather. I am the Board Director as well as the Lead Ambassador for Southern States East.
I am 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 lead 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 would find out through DNA testing that this was where my ancestors came from and lead to my deeper exploration of the Norse Gods and religion in school and eventually leading me to Asatru.
My goal is to help to grow our community into a close-knit family. I want to help to 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 that we all hear regardless if it is personal or giving back to the community I am here to help. I am 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 that I visit and grow my network. As Heathens we have to make effort 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 am deeply honored to have this opportunity to serve all of you in TAC.
Jaclyn "Jaská" Bush
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 had always known there was something more, and finally I have 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 that 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 that choose to follow the same path. This does not mean my proficiency ends here! As I walk amongst you all, my awareness will continue to grasp new information.
May the Gods be with you.
Seth Chagi is the Founder of The Asatru Community. He has been practicing Asatru/Heathenry for over a decade now, delving into the more esoteric/shamanistic sides of Asatru. He has learned much but there is always so much more to learn on this journey we've all begun.
Missouri, United States
My name is Austin Harasti. I am Active Duty Army. I am 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 am 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.
New Hampshire, United States
Hail and Greetings everyone,
Just a little bit about myself. I have been practicing Asatru for 15+ years. I found my path many years ago after being raised in a Christian home, but never felt it was my true path. After much research and self exploration, the Gods called to me to come home to my true path. I practiced in secrecy for many years for fear of being shunned by my family.
I spent 5 years in the Marine Corps where Asatru was not recognized at my time of service. Thankfully, that is starting to change now. I have 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 am very active in the TAC community. Even though I live in New Hampshire, I encourage anyone that needs to reach out to me to do so. I am here to give guidance to anyone that reaches out to me.
May the Gods watch over and bless us in all we do in our daily lives.
Hail and well met, I’m Suzanne, and I’m TAC's first Gytha in the UK. Over the last twenty years, I have been learning about, communicating with, and sharing knowledge about the Gods in the Heathen faith. My study has been partly academic in the obtaining of a Masters degree in European Historical Archaeology, with a focus on the Scandinavian World, but also tempered with many hours of personal study, prayer, service to my community in a spiritual role and choosing to freely follow a hard path of becoming a conduit. I continue to be a strong supporter of the local pagan and interfaith community.
I have delivered workshops, and lectures on various aspects of Heathenism over many years, specialising in discourse on Heathen ethics and oracular runes.
Additionally, I have performed public blot and ritual for the pagan community, together with private ceremony at the request of families and private groups. Since January 2017, I have been co-hosting the Frithcast fortnightly podcast, looking at modern heathenism – with a good dollop of humor and geekery thrown in.
The Heathen faith is detailed in historical sources, but it is a modern faith. My faith is valid to me now: I can look at the past for evidence of interactions, but I don’t hold that identical interactions are the only ones that someone can, or should, experience.
You are welcome to ask me heathen related stuff, if I don’t know it, I’ll do my best to find out! I’m on Facebook, Twitter @SuzanneTAC, or available by my TAC email.
Florida, United States
Hail & Greetings,
I have been a Heathen for 17 years, and a Practicing Asatru for 10 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 Viti or Male Witch. So please feel free to contact me for any Spiritual needs you may have.
May the Ancestors, Gods and Disir watch over and bless you in all things!
Illinois, United States
Kurt Hoogstraat is 53. He lives in Elk Grove Village Illinois. He is a vitki first. 20 plus years of Vitki experience is part of what he brings to the table.
He is 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 has been performing spiritual guidance and education for some time. He is always open to learning and growing.
Colorado, United States
Hello, I’m Lise Christofferson and I am 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 preform 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 preform ritual and functions in my area and I am 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 is a place for everyone at the spiritual table of Asatru.
Vermont, United States
Like so many of us, I was raised in a Christian Church, and, like so many of us, it never resonated with me.
I spent years studying various spiritual paths from Taoism to Gnostic Christianity, and while I enjoyed many of them, again, nothing resonated with me. However, when I tripped upon Odin, Thor, Freya, and Frey, I felt like I had come home. It was as if I had known these Gods all my life.
Hungry to learn all I could, I read voraciously, amassing a small library on the lore, the Gods, the runes and the history of the Nordic people. In time, I formalized my study by engaging in The Asatru Clergy Training Program. Now, two years later, I’m thrilled to be becoming an ordained Gothi.
In this role, I hope to gather other followers of Asatru here in Northern Vermont. There are currently no Kindreds nearby, but I’m sure there are many in the area interested in Asatru. I’ve been a licensed Psychologist for the past 30 years, and hope to offer my services to other Gothi’s involved in counseling relationships who may be seeking some supervision or assistance.
I currently participate in various ceremonies, and look forward to doing so as an Ordained Gothi. Any and all interested are welcome to join us.
Most of all, I hope to bring the Gods into people’s awareness. I believe that by acknowledging them and honoring them, they gain power in our lives.
I live, and work, in Essex Junction, VT, just north of Burlington.
My interest in the Old Norse began with my bloodline. Although my family came to America three generations ago from Scotland, the ancestor from whom my last name originates. migrated from western Norway (post-Christianization). His name, as I only recently was able to verify for certain after a major mistake, was Gunni Ulftannson, son of a large landowner: ThorsonnUlftannson. When I was twelve, my grandfather gave me a young person’s copy of Norse Talesby Tomas Grint. I was instantly in love, and when I studied for my degree in Cultural Anthropology (emphasis on Indo-European migrations and symbology),I was in an element in which I was certain was where I truly belonged. I began practicing the “Traditions” about three to four years ago, although mostly stumbling under the information I could glean from the book Essential Asatru by Diana Paxson. This brings us to present when I discovered TAC and found my home. To return to the question of Ambassador, I have the finances, time, and beautiful surroundings to host anything that is needed.
My name is Stephan Shane Gunn. I was born in Oakland CA in May of 1955. I was raised Catholic in a rural town north of San Jose. Upon graduation, I joined the US Army as an Airborne Ranger and fought in a few places were not supposed to be. *nervous cough* I have noticed, both in TAC and in other walks of life, that there are folks who glamorize a “warrior” life. Unfortunately, their idea of warriorivolves violence and mayhem. I only wish they could see the massive and tragic end of such a thing. It is horrifying and still haunts me, thus my drive for human respect and compassion. I have spent most of my adult life as a writer, primarily as a storyline writer and consultant to stand-alone and online games for different publishing houses, I am now retired and finally doing what I have always wanted to do. I am currently working on a six-volume saga that is a work of low fantasy, at last, I can own a story of my own. I have nothing but the time and wish to use it to serve TAC in the capacity of Ambassador.
Hello and greeting. My name is David Holderby.
I live in Norfolk, VA with my wife, of over a dozen years, and my young daughter.
I have 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 step mother who would 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 of 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 that 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 head of 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 that I can help people in my community as Gothi.
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.
Skål and greetings! I am Casey Clark, though most everyone knows me as Beast. I am a relocated Ambassador, coming from Idaho to Missouri with my wife and 4 kids. We came home to raise the children, as Idaho isn't the best place for families anymore. I have been involved with TAC for many years, and bring that experience to the South Central region to help in any way I can. Please do not hesitate to contact me!
Hail! My name is Melanie and I’ve been practicing Asatru for five years now, though I’ve been studying it closer to ten. I currently live in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where I work as an author full time. I’m looking forward to being able to further assist within the community as a Gothar. I’ve been keeping up with TAC for a few years now, though I’ve only been an official Charter Member since February. My goal is to help establish Asatru in my own and surrounding areas as something good and recognizable within the local pagan community.
I am from Europe, but lived in the states for the majority of my life. I go by Sal, my name is a mouthful. I am a husband and a father to one biological and 2 step children. I have been a Heathen for about 10 years. My full time job is a software/solutions Consultant. I also speak Italian and Spanish. I'm a big believer in community and helping others.
My name is Shari Thiessen and I live in Wichita, Kansas. I was raised by a United Methodist pastor but my personal faith journey started twisting in college. After lots of years of back and forth and winding spiritual trails, I didn’t think I would ever find another religious “box” that I would fit into. About 5 years ago I was introduced to this path. It called to me. I found TAC in early 2017 and joined to learn even more and have a sense of community. I became an ambassador earlier this year and then decided to complete the clergy training program.
I currently work for CASA after just having left teaching. I love spending time with my family and running. I just finished my first full marathon. I am training to become a foster parent and I volunteer for an organization that works with youth who have aged out of foster care. I love staying busy helping people.
I look forward to serving my community in this capacity. Hail the gods and goddesses!