Zack Eswine, PhD

Zack Eswine, PhD

Pastor, Riverside Church, Webster Groves, Missouri


I’m a pastor, a professor and a writer. My family and I cultivate life together in Webster Groves, Missouri. Jesus has my attention.


A lot and much of it unwise or painful. I’m taking a second look at grace. I’m searching for what is humble and true.


I try to offer unhurried time, a listening presence and a restful place so that ministry leaders and those who love them can ask, seek and knock.


That you will find space, room and time to ask your questions, to grapple with Jesus, to find what is true, to locate the kind of hope that possesses the capacity to handle life as it actually is with all of its horrors, with all of its beauties.

My Experience

I’ve served in pastoral ministry for over twenty-five years. I currently serve as pastor of Riverside Church in Saint Louis, Missouri. I also serve as Director of Homiletics at Covenant Theological Seminary, and Adjunct Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Ministry Classes at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Boston MA, Western Seminary in Portland OR, and as an Instructor at Grace Theological College, Auckland, NZ.

The Pastor’s Abbey

What do we do?

We provide mentoring paths for leaders in ministry.

Who can participate?

Anyone, internationally, serving the pastoral vocation, such as pastors, church planters, campus ministers, chaplains or those in assistant roles on a ministry team.

What kind of mentoring paths do you offer?

  • Eight-week, small group, online mentoring cohorts
  • Five-Day small group residential refreshers
  • Personal retreats

What is your statement of faith?

The Pastor’s Abbey approaches life and ministry from a Jesus-Centered and Bible oriented point of view. Our statement of faith is thoroughly explored in the Lausanne Covenant,  helpfully outlined in the New City Catechism, and concisely stated in the Essentials of the Faith.



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