Bishop LaTrelle Easterling is the episcopal leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, the oldest and most diverse annual conference in The United Methodist Church. She was appointed to this office in September 2016, following her election to the episcopacy that July.
Prior to being elected, she served as a Dean of the Cabinet of the New England Conference and as a superintendent, leading 57 congregations in the Boston Hope District.
She was ordained a Deacon in 1995 and an Elder in 1997, and was pastor of Union UMC in Boston’s historic South End, Pearl Street UMC in Brockton, Mass., and Old West Church, United Methodist, in Boston.
Easterling is a native of Indiana. She grew up in the United Methodist Church and later began worshipping in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. From these two rich traditions, she learned the art of preaching and the joy of music. She is an accomplished soprano.
A strong proponent of education, Easterling received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a law degree from Indiana University School of Law. She graduated summa cum laude in 2004 with a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology.
Prior to entering the ministry, she worked as a human resources manager and director, and as a prosecuting attorney.
A delegate to General Conference in 2012 and 2016, Easterling serves on a number of boards and agencies, including the Committee for the National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministries, the Boards of Directors for Wesley Theological and American University, the Board of Child Care and many others. She is a strong supporter of the Seeds of Security ministry, which benefits people in crisis who are seeking to leave abusive relationships.
Easterling is a much sought-after speaker and preacher, poet and published author.
She is married to the Rev. Marion Easterling Jr., pastor of Wesley Grove UMC in Hanover, Md., and the former pastor of Parkway UMC in Milton, Mass. They have two grown sons, Garret Walter and Miles Teronza.
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