Pastors & Staff

Ross Ritter

Senior Pastor

Pastor Ritter has been shepherding our congregation since January, 2013. Originally from Marietta, he attended Westminster Theological Seminary (PA). Pastor Ritter was ordained in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church before transferring his ordination to the PCA upon accepting the call to pastor CPC. Pastor Ross and his wife, Margaret Anne, are blessed to be the parents of three daughters, Mary Claire, Julie Anne and Lily Kate.

James EnsLEy

Pastoral Intern 

James Ensley has worked with the youth group since March 2018. Before interning with CPC he interned with Reformed University Fellowship at Texas A&M. He is a student at Reformed Theological Seminary. He expects to graduate Summer of 2020 with a Masters of Divinity.

James has been married to has wife Anna for five years. They met in college and got married soon after graduating. They have one daughter, Eliza Jane who was born in February 2019.

Administrative Assistant 

Holly Crowe has served CPC as Administrative Assistant for five years. Prior to her employment at Cherokee, she was on staff as Children's Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church for 10 years. It was there she met and married her husband. David and Holly are blessed to be parents of two children Emma & Davis. Holly is thankful to be able to homeschool her children while serving the church in a part-time capacity.


Jim Friday


Jim has served on the session at Cherokee since 2007. He is presently employed at the Centers for Disease Control, and is blessed in his marriage to his wife, Karla. They have 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren who are all members at CPC.  Jim is actively involved in leading worship, serving on the Candidates and Credentials committee in the NW GA Presbytery, attending prayer meetings, and is involved in the Canton Community Group.

Jimmy Friday


Jimmy was ordained as a ruling elder in 2013. He teaches Middle and High School Bible classes at Covenant Christian Academy in Cumming. Jimmy and his wife, Amber, are raising two sons, James and Jackson. Jimmy serves CPC as he regularly teaches adult Sunday School, leads in the Elderly Outreach Ministry, and acts as the Clerk of Session.

DAryl Lipham


Daryl is a founding member of CPC, and has served the church as an elder for 30 years.  He continues to operate his own business, and is blessed in his marriage to his wife, Lynette. Together they have 10 children and 15 grandchildren. Daryl is actively engaged in many ministries at Cherokee including the Praise Team and the Fellowship Events Team 

Chuck Lokey


Chuck was ordained as a ruling elder in 2013. He is currently employed in the information technology industry. Chuck and his wife, Lynda, are blessed to have 2 adult children and 1 grandchild. Chuck is active in several ministries including the Praise Team, the Missions Team, Community Outreach Ministries, Bible studies, and the Woodstock Community Group.

Troy Snyder


Troy has served on the session since 2007. He has a thriving practice as a Christian Counselor at Restoration Counseling of Atlanta. He and his wife, Beth, are blessed to be raising 3 children, Calvin, Zachary, and Emily. Troy serves by leading worship, men’s Bible studies, and the Youth Group.