AKA - Christopher Wayne Aldridge
Born - Nov. 4th, 1984
Birthplace - Asheboro, North Carolina
Hometown - Thomasville, North Carolina
Gender - Male
Religion - Hellenic Polytheism
Race or Ethnicity - White
Sexual Orientation - Bi
Occupation - Writer, Priest
Political Affiliation - Independent Liberal
Nationality - United States of America
Executive Summary - Modern Ancient Greek Religious Movement
Father - Darrell Wayne Aldridge (b. June 11th, 1966, d. June 27th, 2011)
Mother - Tracey Leigh Burleson (b. July 4th, 1967)
Brother - Scottie Aldridge (b. May 20th, 1994)
Wife - Anastasia Irene Aldridge (m. July 2nd, 2011)
High School - East Davidson, Thomasville, North Carolina
College - Columbia College of Missouri
Chris Aldridge grew up in very rural Thomasville, North Carolina, and began his life of fictional writing when he was a child at Pilot Elementary School. In Middle and early High School, he developed a great interest in martial arts and began studying Tae Kwon Do, excelling in the arts and winning the gold at the State Games in Raleigh on June 24th, 2000 when he was a blue belt. In his 9th grade English, he received his first taste of ancient Greek religion and culture when his class studied Homer's Epic The Odyssey. Chris maintained a great interest in ancient Greece from that point on all the way up to his official conversion to Hellenic Polytheism in the summer of 2009.
Chris met his wife, who was then his fiancee, in the summer of 2009. At the time, Chris was a Christian Witch and Anastasia a Wiccan. Together, they had an amazing spiritual experience that Chris outlines in his memoirs and on his blog. After experiencing a haunting in their new apartment with all other religious attempts at exorcism failing, Chris called on the Greek Gods Athena and Apollo and the haunting was completely expelled, never again returning. Since that day, he and his wife have been Hellenic Polytheists, founding their own temple in 2010 called Temple Of The Greek Gods. His religion is first and foremost in his life. He is a proud member of the renowned American Hellenic organization Hellenion and is considered a Reconstructionist.
In 2011, Chris returned to his writing talents, this time writing religious books for the Hellenic community. Since that time, he has self-published six books on the topic, those being New Prayers of Old Hellas, Theseus: His Life, Mysteries and Virtues, Light of Olympos: Ancient Greek Rites and Prayers for Everyday Life, In the Presence of the Gods: An American Odyssey, Hellenic Polytheism: A Personal Guide for Ancient Greek Practitioners, and Lives and Prayers of the Greek Heroes and Heroines. Some of his articles were also published in the Pagan publication Circle Magazine before it was discontinued in 2015. These two articles appeared in issues 115 and 122, called Festival of the Sun and The Hellenic Journey of the Soul. A story about his official conversion and the birth of his son was also published online with The Creativity Webzine in 2017 called Gods and Heroes Among Us. In 2018, Chris was given the privilege of publishing a story about how he religiously and spiritually overcame his depression called In Her Light; the story was accepted for the summer edition of the renowned Pagan publication Witches and Pagans Magazine.
However, Chris was not satisfied with only writing religious material. In 2016, he began brewing up his fictional side once again, and has since been published in a number of online and physical publications dealing with general fiction, fantasy, horror and science fiction, including Dark Dossier (issues 14, 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23), Literary Orphans Journal (issue 32), and Mad Scientist Journal (Summer 2018 issue). He continues to write and publish fictional works to this day, and pursues many other arts in his life, including acting, history, and ancient Greek art.
Chris normally spends his public life leading religious rites, doing book and literary signings, giving speeches, attending artistic conventions, and appearing on Pagan radio.