Chris Barras grew up just north of Tampa, Florida, which explains a lot about his irrational love for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He left as soon as he could and moved up north to attend Cincinnati Christian University, where he earned his Bachelor of Church Music degree. Chris and his wife Abby moved to Colorado for two years and served at a large church. They then moved to Virginia Beach and started a family. The Barras Family moved to Richmond in January 2006. Once in the River City, Chris worked full time at Starbucks and part time with a great church plant in Short Pump. In March 2008, Chris left those jobs to launch Area 10 Faith Community. Today when he's not working for the church, Chris enjoys NFL football, golf, soccer, music, reading, and playing with his wife and three sons.
Aaron Carroll has been a resident of Richmond since his return to the US in 2009 after being on staff with an international college ministry for six years. It was through this ministry, while a student at UNC-Charlotte, that Aaron understood what it meant to make Christ Lord of his life and help others to do the same. Aaron got connected with Area 10 after a family member suggested he attend, he stayed at Area 10 because he loves the way this church seeks to play such a vital and loving role in the City of Richmond.
Aaron and his wife Ashley met at Area 10 and have two boys. Over the years he has served with frontline, small groups and children's ministry. When he is not spending time with family outdoors you can find him enjoying Manchester United Football or Carolina Basketball.
Joaquin Martinez grew up in a military family and lived in many places, but decided to call Richmond home. He came to know Jesus Christ as an adult and was baptized in September 1998 and began following God’s lead as He propelled him on his path of ministry. Joaquin has been involved in youth and men’s ministries, member of a church plant, and a mentor to missionaries in the Virginia Saints Prison ministry. He currently serves in the A10 Frontline ministry. One thing that brought Joaquin and his family to A10 was its passion to love people beyond reason here in Richmond. Joaquin is grateful for many things but most of all grateful for his wife Amy of over 20 years and their 5 wonderful children who help him along life’s journey.
Chris Obenshain was born in Richmond, grew up in the Star City of Roanoke, Virginia, and has lived all over the Commonwealth. He moved back to Richmond in 2010 and shortly thereafter began attending Area 10. Chris has served as a small group leader, Prayer Team member, and on mission teams to Vietnam. Chris was drawn to Area 10 by its mission of sharing and showing God's love for this City and fulfilling that mission is what motivates him as an elder. Chris accepted Christ at the age of 7 and though his personal journey of faith has seen its fair share of ups and downs. He is grateful for the friends and family that God has strategically placed in his life as examples of faithful obedience to the Lord. He's also grateful and blessed beyond measure by the love of his wife, Jennifer, who he met at Area 10, and their son.
Keith Polarek grew up in Hampton Roads region of Virginia, lived all over the state (Norfolk, Alexandria, Lynchburg) and moved to Richmond in 2005. Having met Chris and Abby while their kids played youth soccer, Keith served on the launch teams of Cartwheels & Coffee (summer 2008) and a few months later, Area 10 Church. Since then, Keith has served in a variety of roles including small group facilitation and A10 Global. While growing up in church, it wasn’t until he was 17 that Keith began following Jesus. Keith’s daughter, Reagan, is active in Area 10 Students and attends Veritas. Issues close to Keith’s heart are promoting awareness, prayer, and support for persecuted Christians globally, cultural engagement from a distinctively Christian worldview, and actively promoting the unity of God’s Church in and around the Richmond region.
Ecclesiaste Theodore (THEO), was born in Haiti and migrated to the US in 1997. He met his wife, Rosa, in Chicago and were married in 2002 and are parents to two children. Theo became a Christ follower as a child during a vacation Bible school. In 2006 his family moved to Richmond and found Velocity Church where he met Chris Barras. Chris asked if his family could be a part of starting a church in the city. The rest is history. Theo has served in different ministries from leading missions trip to Haiti, leading small group, and stage manager. Theo and Rosa's goal is to help connecting more people to the Kingdom of God through genuine, loving fellowship and relationships and to serve the people of God.