Ch Maj Eric S. Cooter

Biography for Chaplain (Major) Eric S. Cooter
4309 Trout River Xing, Ellenton, FL 34222
Jan 2016

Master of Divinity, Sewanee - University of the South (2010)
Bachelor of Business Administration – East Tennessee State University (1988)

Canon for Ministry Development – Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida – 2013 to Present
Rector – St. David’s Episcopal Church, Englewood, FL (2010 to 2012)
Ordained Priest in the Episcopal Church (2010)
Ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church (2009)
Congregational Manager/Lay Minister – Lamb of God Lutheran Episcopal Church, Fort Myers, FL (2005 – 2007)
Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Airplane
Commercial Pilot, Instrument, Airplane, ASEL, AMEL
Ground Instructor, Advanced
Total Hours 1650, Over 1200 Dual Given
Over 35 years of flying experience (16 years as CFI)

Mar 2015-Present, Chaplain, Group 5 Florida Wing CAP
Jun 2014-Present, Chaplain, Charlotte County Composite SER-FL-051
Mar 2014-Sep 2015, Squadron Leadership Officer, Charlotte County Composite SER-FL-051 
Feb 2014-Sep 2015, Aerospace Education Officer, Charlotte County Composite SER-FL-051
May 2011-May 2014, Prof. Development Officer, Charlotte County Composite SER-FL-051
Jun 2000-Dec 2004, Operations Officer, Naples Senior Squadron SER-FL-023
Dec 1999-Jun 2000, Deputy Commander for Cadets, Bessemer Composite Squadron SER-AL-087

Mission Chaplain
Mission Pilot
Transport Mission Pilot
Mission Observer
Mission Scanner
Orientation Pilot
Orientation Pilot (AFROTC)
Instructor Pilot

Commander’s Commendation Award
Paul E. Garber Award
Grover Loening Award
Charles E. "Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Award
2015 Southeast Region Senior Chaplain of the Year
2015 Florida Wing Senior Chaplain of the Year
1984 General Carl A. Spaatz Award (#708)
1982 Amelia Earhart Award
1981 General Billy Mitchell Award
1985 Tennessee Wing Cadet of the Year
1985 Frank G. Brewer, Sr. Civil Air Patrol Memorial Aerospace Award (Southeast Region) 

Cadet Programs, Master
Aerospace, Senior
Chaplain, Senior
Safety, Technician
Standards and Evaluation
Character Development

The Spaatz Association
Conference of Diocesan Executives (Past President)
"Gathering of Leaders”
Association of Campus Ministries (Board member)

Major, 09 Oct 2015
Captain, 07 Jan 2002
C/Colonel, 28 Aug 1984
C/ Captain, 30 Sept 1982
C/2nd Lieutenant, 31 Oct 1981

Chaplain Cooter joined CAP as a cadet in Tennessee and served from 1980 to 1986.  He held all squadron cadet leadership positions to include Cadet Commander. He also served at wing level as Cadet Advisory Council Chair, Encampment Cadet Commander and later, as a Wing Cadet Program Officer.  After a regretful break in service, Chaplain Cooter re-joined CAP as a senior member in 1999.  Chaplain Cooter continues to serve as a Mission Pilot, actively flying Charlotte County Composite Squadron’s weekly Harbor Patrol missions, and he actively supports the squadron’s cadet program as ADY Chaplain, Orientation Pilot, and occasional Aerospace instructor.  

In his ministry role, Chaplain Cooter is a priest in the Episcopal Church and currently serves on the Bishop’s staff for the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, as "Canon for Ministry Development/Transition Officer”.  Chaplain Cooter assists congregations who are in the process of selecting and calling new clergy leadership. Chaplain Cooter also supports congregations in the diocese, who wish to revitalize their ministry and re-engage in local mission work.  Chaplain Cooter coordinates the redevelopment of campus ministry throughout the diocese. He also facilitates the clergy Fresh Start Program in the diocese, a clergy continuing education and leadership development program.

Prior to ordained ministry, Chaplain Cooter worked as a retail executive for two national retail chains, working in the corporate offices as a Retail Buyer, and earlier in his career as a field manager. 

Chaplain Cooter’s hobbies include playing guitar, cooking, fishing, and of course, flying.  You can follow Chaplain Cooter’s blog: