Our Ministry Staff


Chess has been our teaching minister since 2018. A native Texan, Chess earned B.A., M.Div., and M.A. degrees in New Testament from Abilene Christian University. He is passionate about God and his family and deeply desires to help others fall in love with God so that they may imitate the life and love of Christ. Chess loves to read, learn, and have deeper conversations about God. He also enjoys Formula One racing, playing golf, working on and rebuilding cars, and translating and studying dead languages. ccavitt@arlingtonfamily.org


Oscar Gómez ha estado sirviendo a la Iglesia de Cristo de Arlington como ministro de habla hispana durante treinta años. Nació en El Salvador y ha sido cristiano por 45 años. Junto con la predicación los domingos por la mañana, Oscar imparte varias clases a la semana, asesora a miembros de la iglesia, realiza bodas, asiste a otras congregaciones y organiza reuniones mensuales de predicadores en el área. A Oscar y a su esposa les gusta compartir comidas con miembros de la congregación para alentarlos a que se acerquen más. Oscar también disfruta asistir a las conferencias iberoamericanas cada año, así como tomar vacaciones anuales con su familia y compartir comidas con su esposa, hijos y sus nietos.


Our growing children’s ministry is lead by Linda Hlasta.  Linda was a working mom and special education teacher in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania before moving to DC with her husband.  She joined the ACOC staff to help us work with our growing cadre of young families–helping them raise their children in the Lord.  When she isn’t writing curriculum or encouraging teachers and parents, you can find her ring-side with the Philadelphia Flyers. 



Lloyd was born in Kentucky, pursued his education there and in Tennessee, New York, England, and Massachusetts. He currently practices law and performs in a symphonic chorus. An Elder since 2002, he is elder liaison for the congregation’s buildings and finances. Lloyd facilitates a small group discussing books about theology, church history and discipleship. He periodically teaches adult Bible classes. Claudia is retired from the defense industry and now uses her talents in maintaining and improving the technology that supports all of Arlington’s ministries. This congregation helped to raise Lloyd’s and Claudia’s three children. Their life-long experiences in Churches of Christ inform our congregation’s passion for unity in Christ as our polar star.


Dennis and his wife Linda moved to the DC area in 2012 and have worshipped at the Arlington church since that time. They’re originally from Ohio and remain proud Buckeyes. They were both baptized while students at Ohio State where they met, fell in love and married. They have lived and worshiped previously in Connecticut, upstate New York, and Philadelphia. Dennis currently works for the National Institutes of Health after a long career in drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry. He serves as elder liaison to our Benevolence, Missions and Communications ministry area. Linda currently serves as our children’s minister. Dennis and Linda have four adult children, two sons-in-law and seven grandchildren. They enjoy travel for scuba diving, cruising, Disney, and national parks, and are Philadelphia Flyers hockey fans.


Stuart grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He was one of the original 12 members of Aggies for Christ at Texas A&M University in 1972,  He and Carissa have been married 44 years. Stuart, an attorney, works with the Department of Justice. He is retired from the state police in Texas and the Army Reserve. Stuart serves as elder liaison to our professional staff, legal and security ministry area. Stuart has served as a Bible teacher, a deacon and an elder in congregations throughout Texas. Carissa is retired and is known for her humble service to others. She leads our hospitality ministry. They have three adult children: Jonathan (Ft. Belvoir, VA), Clayton (Wyoming), and Meredith (youth ministry in Houston).