TAC Ordained Clergy

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Topher Henry

President

Indiana, United States

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

North Carolina,

United States

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!

Austin Harasti

Missouri, United States

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.

William Norwood

(Vihljálmur)

Florida, United States

Hail and greetings. 

 

I've been a heathen for 17 years, and practicing Asatru for 10 years. During that time, I've made it my goal to serve the community and to lead by example. It's my wish to be someone those in my community can turn to for blots, rites, and other needs that may arise.

I'm proud to be a gothi for TAC and the Central Florida Community. I want you to know I'm here if you need me. I read runes and tarot. I also consider myself a vitki 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!

Skal!

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Lise Christofferson

Colorado, United States

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.

My name is Stephan Shane Gunn. I was born in Oakland, CA in May 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 we weren't 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 warrior involves violence and mayhem. I only wish they could see the massive and tragic end of such a thing. It's horrifying and still haunts me, thus my drive for human respect and compassion. I've 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'm now retired and finally doing what I've always wanted to do. I'm currently working on a six-volume saga that's 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.

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: Thorsonn Ulftannson. When I was twelve, my grandfather gave me a young person’s copy of Norse Tales by 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 I was certain was where I truly belonged. I began practicing the “traditions” about three or 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's needed.

Stephan Gunn

Oakland, California

Jason Scharf

Carlton, Washington.

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!

Lane Weed

Meadville, Pennsylvania

Hail! My name is Lane, 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.

Anna Griffith

Hail and well met!


My name is Anna “Hex” Griffith. I'm a wife, a witch, and a healer.


I've always had an awareness of the land wights and the ancestors due to a familial gift, and as a result, rejected my Catholic upbringing from a young age. It wasn’t until the age of thirteen that I had any inkling paganism still existed and was practiced. It took many years of exploration and education to find my way to the heathen path, but in 2009 I dedicated myself to heathenry and the old ways.


I've lived my life pursuing occult and mystic knowledge. Studying history, as well as lore, the runes and tarot, galdr and seidr, herbalism, and energetic healing. Although all of this has been a driving passion in my life, it wasn’t until I heard my calling to be a teacher and guide for other heathens that I found my purpose.


I'm proud to say I'm now a seidr-woman and gythia, and I look forward to being of service to this community, the Norse gods, the ancestors, and the vaettir. My goal is that through my service I'll be able to help build and strengthen this community by educating, guiding, and empowering heathens within and without this community.

Ivy Mulligan

Oregon, United States

I've been a practicing heathen and priestess since the early 1980s, and I've 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's 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'm 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've 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've taken two consecutive summer sessions of week-long 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've written a couple of books, and somehow, I had 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. I and my long-time spiritual sister run the 21st-Century Heathen and the Germanic/Teutonic Center for Cultural Arts websites, which promote the memory, use, and reconstruction of 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 led me to become an active heathen steward in the protection and furtherance of our planet and its future. I'm a landscaper, master gardener, and plant whisperer. Currently, I, my husband, and our dog Basil, live in western Washington.

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Jaclyn "Jaská" Bush

Director of

Religious Affairs

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.

Seth Chagi

Founder

California,

United States

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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Vincent Panell

Florida, United States

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

Kurt Hoogstraat

Illinois, United States

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. 

   Bill Nash  

"Nache Odinsvin"

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'd come home. It was as if I'd 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 become 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 gothis involved in counseling relationships who may be seeking 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.

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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.

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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.

Sunshine Fowler

Northern California

Hail Community!

 

I am a long time heathen and practicing priestess since the early 1990’s. My formal training was born out of the Ladywood tradition, in my ancestral lands of New Mexico, and the vibrant pagan community of the Southwest.

 

I now live in the Sierra foothills of California with my two teenage sons and run my own small town medical practice.

 

Reading runes, studying the Northern traditions, ecstatic dance, and being in nature are some of my favorite ways to enjoy my personal time.

 

Ever the curious student, I enjoy expanding my skills in seidr journey work, lots of reading, and developing my relationships with the Gods, ancestors, and landvættir.

 

I support building Frith within our varied inclusive heathen communities and am honored to be a part of TAC as it takes this vision forward!

 

Wunjo! Skål!

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