Domenic and his wife Cindy grew up blocks from each other in Buffalo, NY and were high school sweethearts. They married while Domenic was still in college and moved to Virginia soon after graduation. For the next 20 years, they lived in Virginia Beach where Domenic built a career in financial services and raised 2 children, Domenic and Jessica. Between 1998 and 2009, his career had them living in 6 different states until moving to the Richmond area in late 2009. They have grown to love the area. When asked to relocate again in 2012, he chose to change careers and is currently Vice President of an IT service management company.
Domenic and Cindy began attending Area 10 in 2011 after a thorough search for a home church. They especially enjoy the strong Biblical teaching and the opportunities to serve the church and community. Domenic serves on the finance team, heads up Around the Table with Cindy, has co taught Financial Peace University the last 3 years, will be facilitating a small group this fall, and began his term as an elder this summer.
Chris Obenshain was born in RVA, 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. Over the past 5 years, Chris has served Area 10 as a small group leader, doing announcements on Sunday morning, as a member of the Prayer Team, and on two mission trips 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 was baptized at First Baptist Church here in Richmond. Though his personal journey of faith has seen its fair share of ups and downs, Chris is grateful for the friends and family that God has strategically placed in his life as examples of faithful obedience to the Lord. He is also grateful and blessed beyond measure by the love of his fiancé, who he met at Area 10, and to whom he will be married this fall.
My name is Ecclesiaste Theodore (THEO), was born in Haiti and migrated to the US in 1997. My wife and I met in Chicago and were married in 2002. We are parents to two wonderful children, 10 and 5 years old.
I gave my life to Christ when I was about 8 years old during a vacation Bible school. The volunteers were talking about what Jesus did for us on the cross. It was during that time I decided to walk with Christ and have not looked back since. In 2006, my wife and subsequently, I found a job opportunity in Richmond and moved here. One of the saddest things for us was to leave our church community, Heartland Community Church, in Rockford IL. We were looking for a new Church that was similar to Heartland. We ended up at Velocity Church where we met Chris Barras. During our participation in small group, we met Chris and his wife. Chris talked to us about starting a church and asked if we could be a part of this endeavor and vision. The rest is history... We have been at A10 since those first days. I have served in different ministries from leading missions trip to Haiti, leading small group, and stage manager. Our, my wife and I, main 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 until God calls us home. Love for Richmond has not come easily for us. However, the connections we have with the community at A10 has helped us develop the deep love we now have for this great city.
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 (also a church music major at CCU) moved to Colorado for two years and served at a large church. They then moved to Virginia Beach and started having little babies (three boys, to be exact). 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 family.