Dr. Eswine, who previously served Covenant Seminary as Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program (2001–2008), returned to us in 2015 in a part-time role as Director of Homiletics and Adjunct Professor of Homiletics, also becoming Scholar-in-Residence of the Francis Schaeffer Institute in 2018. In 2021, he stepped out of the Director of Homiletics role to focus on other ministry commitments. Dr. Eswine continues as an adjunct professor and with FSI while also serving as Lead Pastor at Riverside Church (EPC) in Webster Groves, Missouri, where he has served since 2008.
In addition to his service at Covenant and Riverside Church, Dr. Eswine and his wife, Jessica, serve ministry leaders and those who doubt by opening their home and pursuing the wisdom of Jesus for the questions of life. Dr. Eswine serves on the board of Pastors in Residence Ministries and on the board of Webster-Rock Hill Ministries. As past moderator of Mid-America Presbytery (EPC), Dr. Eswine teaches advanced-level courses in pastoral leadership, apologetics, and preaching at various seminaries.
Dr. Eswine is the author of several books, including The Imperfect Pastor, which received Christianity Today’s Book of the Year Award in Church/Pastoral Leadership, and Preaching to a Post-Everything World, which received Preaching Today’s Book of the Year Award. His Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for Those Who Struggle with Depression and Recovering Eden: The Gospel According to Ecclesiastes express Dr. Eswine’s heart for the care of souls.