Stephen J Cooney
Pastor, Leader, Humanitarian
About Stephen J Cooney
Pastor, retired pilot, businessman, and humanitarian Stephen J. Cooney is an oil field supervisor with a background in theology and commercial aircraft. Upon receiving his pilot's license to fly commercial planes in 1977, Stephen J. Cooney spent two decades piloting aircraft out of Montana. As a volunteer Rock Mountain Search and Rescue pilot, he participated in a search-and-rescue mission in 1992 in the town of Troy, where he and a team of rescuers located a crashed plane and helped survivors to safety.
After retiring from piloting, Stephen J. Cooney accepted a position as field supervisor for an oil transportation team of 12 people. The entire team, including Mr. Cooney, received hazmat certification, major FBI security clearances, and training in poison gas and terrorist awareness while on the job. With clients like Halliburton, Schlumberger, and Chevron, the team functions as an elite “hotshot” operation.
Stephen J. Cooney received a doctorate in theological counseling and serves as a pastor. Since the mid-1980s, he has participated in Christian mission work in Central and South America. From 2008 to 2001, he and his family worked in Uruguay and Panama, reconstructing a youth camp and an orphanage. Mr. Cooney has also worked with the organization Compassion International, helping his church to sponsor more than 600 children stricken by poverty.