Ministry: Pastor, Priest, Teacher

Eric is a priest in the Episcopal Church.   Eric serves as Rector of St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL. For more information about St. Monica’s, please visit their website.

Prior to receiving a call to serve St. Monica’s, Eric served on the diocesan staff of Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida. Eric served as “Canon for Ministry Development.” His ministry included supporting congregations  in transition, serving as Diocesan Transition Minister, and overseeing as staff liaison, the ordination process in the diocese.  Eric also facilitated the clergy Fresh Start Program in the diocese, a leadership development initiative for newly called or appointed clergy.

Eric also served on Diocesan Council (2010-2012),  and was the Chair of Diocesan Nominating Committee, Chair of the Dispatch of Business (Diocesan Convention), and is currently serving as a Deputy to the 2018 General Convention. He was selected to serve on the Evangelism and Church Planting Committee for the 2018 General Convention. Eric has served the broader church as President of the Board for the Conference of Diocesan Executives (2015-2016) and he is a member of the “Gathering of Leaders.”

Eric is married to Terri Eros, a graduate of King University, Bristol, TN where she earned a BA in Economics. She works in administration and human resources for a growing property management company, which manages properties throughout Southwest Florida.  Eric has a grown daughter Erica, who received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (magna cumme laude) from the University of Tennessee, and served as a squad leader in the “Pride of the Southland Marching Band.” Erica is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Tennessee, after which, her dream is to work as a Music Teacher and High School Band director.

Eric earned a Master of Divinity degree from the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. He served as the Student Body President for the School of Theology from 2009 – 2010.  In 1988, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. Prior to ordained ministry, Eric worked as a Retail Associate Buyer with Sears Roebuck and Company, at their home office in Hoffman Estates, IL.  Later, Eric worked as a Buyer with Parisian Stores, a former division of Saks Inc. in Birmingham, AL. Eric also founded and managed his own aviation business, serving as President/CEO of Aviation Essentials, Inc. (now closed), an aviation retail product, consulting, and pilot services company.

Eric recently authored and self-published “Misfits, Pioneers, and Mission”a book about his ministry journey, and the book challenges readers to enliven in the church, a renewed focus on, local mission, engaging hospitality, nimble/flexible formation, and the development of creative and entrepreneurial approaches to evangelism in the 21st century.

Eric’s hobbies include: flying, flight instructing, playing guitar, cooking, and fishing.  Eric holds the rank of Major in the USAF Auxiliary (CAP) and serves as the Wing Chaplain for the Florida Wing. Eric supervises the ministry of over 20 Chaplains and 30 Character Development Specialists throughout the State of Florida.

Eric also holds an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate, with Multi and Single Engine Airplane, Instrument ratings. He also holds an FAA “Gold Seal” Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, Airplane – Instrument.  Eric continues to serve as an active Mission Pilot flying local disaster relief and search and rescue missions. He also conducts flight instruction and cadet orientation flights.



One thought on “Ministry: Pastor, Priest, Teacher”

  1. Hi Rev. Eric Cooter, it was great speaking to you today about your Sermon; I enjoyed listening to it and comparing it to my conversation I had with a friend about a week ago. I will continue to follow your blog and read your posts.
    It was a pleasure to meet you.
    Mae Fahnestock


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