New Heart Foursquare Church

Reaching People's Hearts with the Love of Christ

Church Staff

Pastor Chuck & Marianne Cannizzaro

Senior Pastor & Women's Ministry Leader

Pastor Chuck and Marianne have been in full-time ministry for 30 years. They met in 1983 when he was a sales representative for Johnson & Johnson, and she was a sales representative for Sony. They fell in love and dated for 10 weeks. They got married in 1983, and their son Charles was born a year later.

Pastor Chuck loves people and thrives on seeing them serve the Lord with gladness. He desires to see the Holy Spirit move in the services and in people's lives for transformation and healing. After Pastor Chuck had been in ministry for 20 years, God opened the door for him to be the Senior Pastor at New Heart Foursquare Church, where he has served for the last 12 years. Pastor Chuck holds his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal State Long Beach and a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Leadership from Life Pacific College.

Marianne is developing various ministries at New Heart, and works as a Recruitment Consultant for a major health care agency in Southern California. She holds her Bachelor of Science degree from Azusa Pacific University.

Charles Cannizzaro

Youth & Young Adult Ministry Leader

Charles accepted the Lord as his personal Lord and Savior when he was five years old. He loves volunteering his time helping the youth and young adults at New Heart develop their own identity in Jesus Christ and connect with the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. New Heart's youth ministry is called The Big Bold Christians because Charles has a heart for encouraging the youth to be bold in their faith and to choose God's best plan for them in their lives.

As the youth and young adult leader, Charles began volunteering simply because he saw that the youth had no one to take them up to summer camp, and he cared so much about them that he insisted on organizing all the youth and going up with them to summer camp. He then went up to winter camp with them and started organizing lessons and fun outings for them to hang out and develop community with each other.

Charles was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley and graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  He also graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law and is a practicing employment attorney.  Charles worked for several years for state and federal courts after law school and is currently the Board President of a local pregnancy center helping young women facing unplanned pregnancies.

Margaret Almaraz

Children's Ministry Leader

Margaret has been a Christian since she was 15 years old. Her grandparents took her to church and prayed for her while she was growing up. She went with her friend to the Baptist church and attended a high school winter camp. When the altar call was given, she didn't know she was supposed to ask Christ into her heart. Once she realized this, she wanted to make it public in front of everyone, so she did. Today, she serves the Lord by ministering to the children of New Heart and by teaching them the Word of God.

Professionally, Margaret taught for 32 years in the Mountain View school district of El Monte, California. God used her to present Christmas plays, so the children and families could hear about the Lord. She attended Cal State Long Beach for her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and for her teaching credential. Margaret also received her Masters in Education with a reading credential from Cal Poly Pomona. She still likes to help children learn if they have a learning disability.

As the Lord fills Margaret with His spirit, she continues to work with children and is open to the Lord's leading as she ministers in song. She is married to her husband Mando, and has four adult children.

Rosie Gonzalez

Ministry Assistant

Rosie comes from a Christian background since childhood. As a young teenager, she was involved in the church choir and was also a part of a young girl's praise and worship team. Recently, she served in the usher, choir, tape, and phone prayer ministries. At New Heart Foursquare Church, she currently serves in the praise and worship team, the hospitality team, and the children's ministry.

As our Ministry Liaison, Rosie assists Pastor Chuck & Marianne with special events and projects at the church, and she brings people with her wherever she goes. She also started a very successful Bible study at her work during lunchtime, igniting spiritual growth in the lives of many of her co-workers. Her goal is to succeed spiritually and to continue to reach out and minister to friends, family, and anyone she meets out in the street.