Early in his career, Bishop Eastman served as a priest in the Episcopal
Diocese of California, then came to Washington to serve twelve years as
Executive Secretary of the Overseas Mission Society of the Episcopal Church
during which time he served short-term pastorates in Tokyo, Mexico
City, and Vienna. He returned to parish ministry in 1969, serving as Rector
of the Church of the Mediator in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and St. Albans
parish in Washington, D.C. In 1982 he was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the
Diocese of Maryland and became Diocesan Bishop in 1986, a post he held
until his retirement in 1994.
Bishop Eastmans ministry has been marked by a continuing service
to the mission and unity of the Christian Church. He served as Vice Chair of
the Standing Commission on World Mission, Chair of the Presiding
Bishops Fund for World Relief and Chair of the Standing Commission on
Ecumenical Relations. From 1984 to 1992 he co-chaired the
AnglicanRoman Catholic Consultation in the United States.
A renowned author, Bishop Eastman is also well known as an educator. He
has served two terms as a Trustee of the Virginia Theological Seminary and
chaired the Council of the College of Preachers, where he is also Fellow. He
has twice been named a Visiting Fellow at the Episcopal Theological Seminary
of the Southwest.
He has served twice as a member of Cathedral Foundations Chapter,
once in the 1970s and most recently in the 1990s. In 1998 Bishop Eastman
served as the Cathedrals Provost while Dean Nathan D. Baxter was on
sabbatical leave. From 2001 until his 2003 appointment as Vicar, Bishop
Eastman served as the Senior Executive Director of the Protestant Episcopal
The parents of three grown children and the grandparents of five, Bishop
Eastman and his wife Sarah live in McLean, Virginia.