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Mailing Address:

1020 Merrill Street

Suite 2002

Salinas, CA 93901

Contact Us:

Phone: (831) 975-6553

Email: centralcoast@cefnorcal.org

Meet the Staff of Central Coast

Becca Lamont, Local Director

Becca Lamont came on board as our Local Director in July 2019 after a decade of teaching history in the public schools. Originally from Philadelphia and Minneapolis, Becca graduated with a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. She went on to get her MA in Teaching at Bethel University in St Paul, MN. She served for three years in Bolivia, South America as a missionary teacher. She moved to Salinas in 2015 and does not plan on leaving anytime soon, since this is the first time in her life that she hasn’t been landlocked! She is an active member at Cypress Community Church in Salinas, serving on their worship team and as a youth leader.

  • Favorite book - "The Count of Monte Cristo" & "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan
  • Favorite book of the Bible - Psalms & Romans
  • Favorite band - Rend Collective & Maverick City
  • Favorite outdoor activity - Reading at the ocean
  • Food she could never give up - Pasta
  • Favorite animal - Camels
  • Dream travel destination - Scotland/Ireland
  • Movie she could watch over and over again - "The Princess Bride"
  • Biblical figure she’d want to get lunch with - King David

Christy Candelario, Ministry Coordinator

Christy joined the NorCal Central Coast team in March 2020 as the Ministry Coordinator. Christy has served with CEF through Good News Clubs since her senior year of high school. She is grateful to have had missions opportunities in Central Asia, Brazil, Iceland and several other countries. While attending seminary, she interned with a children’s pastor at Open Door Church in Raleigh, NC. Christy was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL. She went to college at Liberty University where she received a BA in Global Studies and then she went on to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to get her MA in Ministry Leadership. Christy and her husband, James, attend Lighthouse Baptist Church in Seaside, CA, where she serves as the Children's Director.

  • Favorite book: "Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader" by C.S. Lewis and "Show Them Jesus" by Jack Klumpenhower
  • Favorite book of the Bible: Ephesians
  • Favorite band: We Are Messengers
  • Favorite outdoor activity: Exploring new hiking new trails
  • Food she could never give up: Cheddar Sour Cream Baked Ruffles with Dean’s French Onion Dip.
  • Favorite animal: Frogs and Flamingos
  • Dream travel destination: Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Favorite movie: "The Greatest Showman"
  • Biblical figure she’d want to get lunch with: Sara, Abraham’s Wife

Elizabeth Chavez, Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth Chavez became the Administrative Assistant in November of 2019. Elizabeth was born and raised in Monterey County and is a member of Calvary Chapel Monterey where she serves on the production (A/V) team. She is currently working on obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Business at the California State University of Monterey Bay. She's engaged to Andy who serves in the U.S. Military; they are to be wed in May of 2020.

  • Favorite book - "Garden City" by John Mark Comer & "Kisses From Katie" by Katie Davis
  • Favorite book of the Bible - Romans and 2nd Timothy
  • Favorite band - Hillsong
  • Favorite outdoor activity - Hiking
  • Food she could never give up - Tacos
  • Favorite animal - puppies 🙂
  • Dream travel destination - Greece
  • Movie she could watch over and over again - "August Rush"
  • Biblical figure she’d want to get lunch with - Job

Lizzy, Becca & Christy - our Central Coast office team