Our Story

How it all started...

Cherokee Presbyterian Church (CPC) began in 1982 as a mission of Chalcedon, then a PCA church in Dunwoody, when several families in Cherokee County desired a church home in this area. CPC called its first pastor, Rev. Ted Lester, meeting in a home for bible study and Sunday evening services and, for the first few months of worship, in a community bank building and subsequently, a funeral home chapel. The congregation then worshiped in a house they rented and renovated on East Main Street in Woodstock. Cherokee Christian School began in the basement of that house in 1984, continuing to the present in its own facilities on Trickum Road in Woodstock.
The church soon purchased property at the corner of Hames Road and Highway 92 in Woodstock, where they constructed a permanent facility and began worshiping in 1989. CPC continued to grow, but the widening of Highway 92 limited the church’s expansion. While searching for a more suitable site for relocation, the church made an intermediate move in 2005, sharing facilities with Grace Church on Butterworth Road in Canton. Finally, the church was able to purchase property at the corner of Johnson Brady Road and Highway 20. The present facility was built and worship began there in the fall of 2010.
From the beginning, the distinctive marks of CPC have been Biblical and Reformed preaching and worship, and love of God and one another. Rev. Ted Lester served as pastor from the church’s founding in 1982 until 2003, when Rev. Alan Lutz was called, serving until 2012. Rev. Ross Ritter shepherded the church from 2013 until 2021. Rev. Clif Daniell currently serves as senior pastor, having begun his tenure in September 2021.

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