Kathy Gaulton - Founder & CEO
Kathy Gaulton , Founder and CEO of Heavenly Treasures, is married to Gary Gaulton, superintendent Pacific Coast Japanese Free Methodist Conference; Gary and Kathy have been married for 41 years and have three children and two grandchildren.
Every family member is serving in full time ministry. Caroline, Heavenly Treasures Communications Manager is married to Philip Sakanashi, Youth Pastor and APU Seminary student; they have two children Kara and Kai. Christina serves as the Heavenly Treasures Operations Director, she is responsible for all retail operations and development projects in 14 countries. Christina was an integral part of the founding and establishment of Heavenly Treasures retail store. David, Worship Leader and Songwriter is married to Leah Gaulton, they serve as “Musicianaries”, leading worship nationally and internationally. David also serves as the Heavenly Treasures Ministry Artist.
Kathy was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Cal State Fullerton and Chapman College, World Campus Afloat. During the semester at sea, Kathy met Gary Gaulton and were married the following year. Finding a passion for retail merchandising, enjoyed a career in family entertainment businesses, including Six Flags parks and attractions, Knott’s Berry Farm and luxury goods retailer, Duty Free Shoppers.
A life changing process began in 1996 after serving on a short-term team in Tanzania. God opened her eyes to the poverty and oppression that millions of people live in every day. Kathy felt God calling her to use her gifts and abilities to help the poor. This calling led to a plan to transition the entire Gaulton family into full time ministry. This vision was based on how people need a sustainable livelihood in order to be able to fully know the fullness of a relationship with Jesus Christ. During that time, Kathy founded Heavenly Treasures in 1998 while working full time. Partnerships with Free Methodist World Missions in Asia, Empowering Lives International and other organizations started. Kathy had difficulty sharing the vision of how people could be helped; the idea of microenterprise development was not understood. She coined the phrase “every product represents a changed life!” this was the beginning of understanding. Business as mission was born in the garage of the Gaulton home.
In early 2001, Kathy left Corporate America to serve as a fulltime “career” missionary. Christina joined Heavenly Treasures after graduating from Cal State Fullerton, helping to establish the retail operations that have now expanded to e-commerce, gift fairs, wholesale, fashion shows, and most recently partnering with World Vision USA and Canada. Kathy along with all Heavenly Treasures Staff is affiliated with the Free Methodist denomination as US Missionaries.
Kathy's vision for a Livelihood Project ministry has matured and developed since 1996 now includes 700+ artisans, 50 projects in 13 countries; Kenya, Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, India, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Bolivia, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Laos and the Philippines. Heavenly Treasures is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. One of the key values of Heavenly Treasures is that all proceeds from the sale of the products are reinvested into new orders, giving an ongoing source of income leading to self-sustaining projects and healthy families. It is so exciting to hear the stories of how lives are being changed, even entire communities. Heavenly Treasures is committed to not only helping people economically but also spiritually. God has worked in a mighty way as He guides and directs Kathy and Heavenly Treasures daily. The network is growing, lives are being changed, we are thankful.
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Christina Gaulton - Chief Operating Officer, Heavenly Treasures and Chief Executive Officer, Heavenly Treasures Kenya
Christina graduated from Cal. State University of Fullerton in 2003 with a B.S. in Kinesiology. After 2 summers of serving in Kenya, her heart was broken for the people of the world. She was amazed at how a livelihood project could change a person’s life & help them have hope for their families. In 2003 Christina joined Heavenly Treasures & is an important leader as she shares with churches, women’s groups, schools, & works to build the organization. Her key responsibilities at Heavenly Treasures is overseeing all operations & staff, purchasing all the products from our 48 projects around the world, visiting them, & developing relationships as they work together to help alleviate poverty. She is also the CEO of Heavenly Treasures Kenya.
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Kigen Teimuge - Director of Operations, Heavenly Treasures Kenya
Gideon Kigen Teimuge
is the Director of Operations, and has been leading the development of staff
and mission in Kenya since May, 2007. Kigen graduated from Azusa Pacific
University in California with a BA in Political Science and International
Business. Throughout the four years that Kigen attended APU he interned
with Heavenly Treasures in Glendora, CA. He learned about retail, micro
enterprise development, business skills, budgeting and program development.
Kigen worked with HT in Kenya for three summer terms. His heart is to work with our HTK mission team to support
the HIV/AIDs orphans in Kakuyuni.
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Kiki Honda - Ministry Assistant
Kiki graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2006 with a double Bachelors Degree in Religion & Psychology. Beginning in 2004 Kiki has served in Kenya for 3 summers on short-term mission teams & knows the Lord has completely transformed her through these experiences. She knows her life will never be the same & believes God has a great plan for the people in need around the world. Kiki joined Heavenly Treasures in October of 2007. She is learning about business as ministry, contributing a very integral part of ministry needs.
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Caroline Sakanashi - Manager of Retail Operations
Caroline joined the Heavenly Treasures staff in January 2009. She graduated from Cal State University Fullerton in 2000 with a B.A. in Sociology. Caroline has over 10 years of retail and wholesale merchandising experience as well as 5 years of full time church ministry experience. Caroline has had a deep desire to have a career where she could combine her heart for people, her passion for ministry & leadership development as well as her experience in merchandising. She came to work part time for us in 2008 at Heavenly Treasures where her heart & passion for this ministry developed. Caroline started as the Retail Manager and in July 2010, she became the Manager of Communications & Church events. Her responsibilities include management of the website, e-commerce site and communications with people & churches hosting HT events.
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Christine Mossman - Financial Administrator
Christine graduated from Azusa Pacific University in May of 2008 with a B.A. in Business Administration. After working for Heavenly Treasures for 2 years as an intern & store assistant manager, Christine was asked to come on full time staff. Her desire to serve in the arena of business could not be overcome by her longing to serve the Lord in ministry. Through her job at Heavenly Treasures she is able to see her heart for the Lord, the people of the world, & business come to a compromise. Christine is a great asset to the ministry and God has brought her, along with her gifts & abilities, & sharp thinking mind to us. She has worked under retail and is now working as the Financial Administrator.
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