Our Ministry Staff

CHESS CAVITT – ENGLISH TEACHING MINISTER

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 GOMEZ – SPANISH TEACHING MINISTER

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.

ELDERS AND THEIR WIVES

NILSON AND BLANCA ARGUETA

Nilson and his wife Bianca are originally from El Salvador where they grew up in the Catholic faith.  They came to know Christ together in 1995 at the church called Apostles and Prophets down the street from ACOC. A family friend invited them join us at the Arlington Church of Christ. Nilson served as Deacon for a few years before going up to the Rockville church to help teach and preach starting their Spanish speaking worship.  He also worked with churches in DC as they developed their Spanish ministries.  Since returning to Arlington Nilson teaches Bible classes and preaches as needed.  Nilsen notes “My journey as a Christian has been difficult, but not impossible to overcome. Throughout the years I have found that my relationship with God continues to get stronger each and every day that goes by.” Nilson works in property management and Bianca in childhood education.  

SCOTT AND KAREN BRUNNER

Karen and Scott grew up in churches of Christ in Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, respectively, and were active members of congregations in Charlotte, Jackson, and Richmond prior to coming to Arlington in 2017. At Arlington, Scott has led our worship and communications ministries and is passionate about helping pilot our way forward, focusing on congregational spiritual formation and fuller individual engagement in the life of the body – not just regular worship attendance, but also relationship-building, Bible study, service, and giving. He notes “The trick as shepherds is not simply to demand that folks “do more,” but to help us all to see and want a vision of a vibrant, others-focused community of believers.” Scott has spent his professional career in not-for-profit organizational leadership. He is CEO of pharmaceutical industry group. Karen is an accountant and volunteers her talents as the treasurer for Arlington.

KEITH AND SANDRA KLEMMER

Keith and Sandra are originally from Jonesboro, Arkansas. Keith grew up in a poor single parent household. He remembers “Times were very hard for families like ours – especially in the South. We attended various denominations, but Church and religion in general seemed to be a place for people financially and socially better off than we were. I had a sense of not being ‘good enough’ to be a part of the church. Then in 1997 while sitting in a Sunday Bible class discussing the topic of being “good enough,” my eyes were opened to the truth that none of us are “good enough” and that God chooses us (Ephesians 2:8-9).”  Keith was baptized at the age of 33 and went on to become a Bible teacher and Deacon.  Keith is retired from the Army National Guard and now works with one of the DC area defense contractors.  His wife Sandra is also retired, devoting her time to caring for their grandson and serving various church ministries.

STUART AND CARISSA PLATT

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 (Virginia Beach, VA), Clayton (Wyoming), and Meredith (Houston).

LLOYD AND CLAUDIA RANDOLPH

Lloyd was born in Kentucky, pursued his education there and in Tennessee, New York, England, and Massachusetts. Lloyd is a retired lawyer who devotes his time to church as well as music, performing 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.