Gene AppelGene Appel

Eastside Christian Church
Anaheim, CA


Gene Appel is senior pastor of Eastside Christian Church, a multi-site church in California and Minnesota.

Gene began his ministry as a 20 year old intern at Eastside.  After moving on to pastor two of the largest churches in the nation—Central Christian Church, Las Vegas, NV and Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, IL—he returned in 2008 to lead Eastside into it’s next dynamic chapter. Since that time Eastside has becoming one of the fastest growing churches in America. Gene served as president of the 2017 North American Christian Convention, June 27-29, in Kansas City.

Following in the footsteps of his late father, a pastor and Christian leader, Gene sensed God’s call on his life to ministry at an early age. Recognized by many as a gifted leader with a passion for following Christ and a sensitivity for hurting people, Gene has coached church leaders from around the world on how to lead churches through healthy change.

Gene and his wife Barbara are the parents of 3 grown children, Jeremy, Alayna and Jenna. Gene’s hobbies include boating, fishing, and water skiing.