Kathy Gaulton - Founder & CEO
began Heavenly Treasures through a life changing process, which began in
1996, after serving with her church on a short-term missions team to
Tanzania. She had been in retail merchandising for over 35 years &
felt God calling her to use her gifts & abilities to help the poor
& oppressed. This calling led to a plan to transition into
full-time ministry. In 1998 Heavenly Treasures was developed &
Kathy continued to work full-time until 2001 when she was able to
leave corporate America to serve as a career missionary. Her
vision for a Livelihood Project ministry matured & developed while
on staff with Empowering Lives International (ELI) for 2-years. God is working in mighty ways as He
continues guiding & directing Kathy as she leads Heavenly Treasures. Heavenly Treasures will celebrate its 12 year anniversary in October of 2010. Kathy and her husband have 3 children, a son in law, a daughter in law, and a wonderful granddaughter and grandson.
has a heart for the world’s poor and for the empowerment of women in society,
all under the theme of God’s justice for all people. After returning from her
first mission trip, she began to see the world through God’s eyes and wanted others
to experience the same—that is when she felt the call to full time ministry.
Bennie has been the Mission Director at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for the
past 11 years. Prior to working at Menlo Park Pres, she had an extensive retail
background; from store management to buying for a major department store. She could never figure out how God would
bring her heart for ministry and her retail experience together—until she learned
about Heavenly Treasures.
helped develop a relationship between Heavenly Treasures and MPPC by first,
connecting HT to several MPPC supported micro enterprise development projects in
Ethiopia and then by encouraging MPPC to host three, going on four this year, “Christmas
with a Mission” gift fairs. Bennie has had the opportunity to visit various HT
projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Guatemala and loves partnering with HT to make
a difference in the lives of the gifted artisans. She has served on the Board
of Directors since 2006.
Matt has a heart for seeing the
chains of those in poverty broken through micro-enterprise development,
resulting in them seeing and believing the love of Jesus. Matt and his wife,
Anika, were missionaries in Kenya from 2000-2003 and experienced first-hand,
the reality of the physical and spiritual needs of the people and the freedom
that they experience when those needs are fulfilled side by side. During his
time in Kenya, Matt worked with Kathy Gaulton to help develop many of the
projects that Heavenly Treasures now works with in Africa. After returning to
the States, he completed his MBA at Azusa Pacific University in 2003 and has
since started his own business. Matt has continued to support Heavenly
Treasures and loves to be part of the work God is doing through this ministry.
He has served on the Board of Directors since 2004. Matt and his wife Anika
have two young children and are members of Baseline Community Church in Claremont,
has a passion to mobilize God’s people to do practical ministry outside of the
walls of the church and has served as the City and World Missions Director for
Cucamonga Christian Fellowship in Rancho Cucamonga, CA since 1999. Melanie
began partnership with Heavenly Treasures in 2000 and has been on four mission
trips with HT. Over the years, her heart for the people and the projects
continues to grow and has served on the Board of Directors since 2007. She is
currently a student at Fuller Theological Seminary obtaining a Master of Arts
degree in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis on Leadership and
International Development. Melanie and her husband Ron have four children, a
daughter-in-law and a handsome grandson.
Recently retired, Nate is the newest addition to our Heavenly Treasures BOD! He has served in general management, operations and senior financial
positions for major technology companies for the past 30 years. His experience in business and love for God is a great combination as our HT CFO. Nate earned his BA in Biochemistry from U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA in Finance from UCLA.
Nate and his wife Gayle have two children - Michelle (one son-in law Kevin) and son Bryan, and an adorable grandson, Matthias. Nate recently went with Heavenly Treasures to Kenya this past summer. Nate and Gayle are members of Peninsula Free Methodist Church in Redwood City, California.