Dr. Steve Fitch – Founder of Eden Reforestation Projects
In 1978, Dr. Steve Fitch began ministry as a youth pastor in Urban Los Angeles. The ministry won over four hundred kids to Christ, and saw the majority brought to greater levels of spiritual maturity through teen led cell groups. After five years in L.A., Steve went on to plant the Cucamonga Christian Fellowship in Rancho Cucamonga (CCF). After seven years of ministry, CCF began the challenging process of transitioning into a relational or cell-based congregation. Two daughter congregations were "hived" off from CCF. Steve served as the Superintendent of the Free Methodist Church in Southern California. Since 1997 the FMCSC has successfully planted 31 new congregations within the Southern California region, and also multiplied 36 congregations in Ethiopia. Over the course of the last eleven years, Steve has also developed the Cell Transition Network and The Eden Projects, a reforestation and agroforestation ministry project for the nations of Ethiopia, Madagascar and Sudan. He has recently earned his Doctor of Ministry from the Haggard School of Theology at APU. Steve and his wife Claudette have been married for 28 years and have three children, Danielle Gudgel, Josiah, and Caleb. Claudette is a worship leader and has recently completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Western University. She is working as a Pediatric Rehabilitation Therapist with the County of San Bernardino.
Rev. Gary Gaulton – Superintendent of the Pacific Coast Japanese Free Methodist Church Conference
Rev. Gary Gaulton is a graduate of Chapman University and the Graduate School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. Gary was in business when he felt God’s call to the pastorate. He was elected as superintendent of the Pacific Coast Japanese Free Methodist Conference in 2006. He has a passion to develop emerging leaders of the Church, starting with young adults of the PCJC. Gary is married to Heavenly Treasures' founder, Kathy. They live in Southern California. They have three adult children, two of which are married, and they also have two grand children.
Dr. Kevin Mannoia – Director of Spiritual Care for Graduate and Adult Students (APU)
Dr. Kevin Mannoia is Professor of Ministry and serves as the Graduate and Faculty Chaplain at Azusa Pacific University. In that capacity he developed and oversees the chaplaincy and spiritual care programs of the graduate and adult students of the University, as well as providing care to the faculty and staff. Prior to developing this new role, he served as Dean of Haggard School of Theology at APU, coming from his role as President of the National Association of Evangelicals. From his experience as a pastor, superintendent, bishop of the Free Methodist Church and President of the NAE, Mannoia brings his understanding of the church at a congregational, organizational, denominational, and national level to his ministry. He embodies a vision of developing leaders in transforming culture by knowing God and making Him known. While Mannoia’s career has taken him around the nation and the world, he calls southern California home. He and Kathleen, his wife, live near Los Angeles with their three children, Kristyn, Christopher and Corey.
Christopher Shore -
Director of Climate Change Response Initiative at World Vision
Christopher Shore is responsible for leading World Vision’s work in Economic Development, which includes all facets that impact household economics.
Additionally, as Director for the Carbon Poverty Reduction Initiative, Shore leads a team committed to developing innovative means of addressing the issues of poverty through forest conservation and regeneration. Shore has worked in Economic Development since 1990, has experience in microfinance, small business incubators, and micro business training programs. He holds both an MBA and undergraduate degree in finance. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario from the Richard Ivey School of Business and Queen’s University.