Charlie Rizzo is the founder of the Emmaus Road Band and senior pastor of the Maranatha Church of the Nazarene in Paramus, New Jersey.
Since 1981 he
led hundreds of pilgrims on more than twenty five tours to the Holy Land in cooperation with Micha Ashkenazi of Jerusalem.During the Gulf War in 1991, when missiles fell on cities in Israel, Rizzo
decided, as an act of solidarity with the people of the Land, to bring the Emmaus Road Band
with the annual pilgrimage and provide free of charge concerts throughout the land titled "For the Love of Israel."