Once, when asked about his own teenage years, Paul Masek described himself as having been “every mother’s nightmare”. As a young teen, he often felt lost and confused. Late in his teen years, however, Paul made a commitment to Jesus Christ, and that decision changed his live forever.
A 1985 graduate of Benedictine College, Paul had plans to teach high school English – but God had other plans for his life. After a short period of discernment in St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, Kansas, Paul moved back to St. Louis and began his youth ministry career, which eventually led him to form the REAP Team, the ministry that he still coordinates as an outreach of the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Since its inception in 1989, the REAP Team has reached over 200,000 people (mostly teenagers) with the life-changing message of God’s love. Paul is blessed to meet and share the Gospel with over 10,000 teenagers every year, and as an extension of this retreat work, he is a blogger for the Office of Youth Ministry and for the REAP Team.
In addition to his work in youth ministry, Paul loves the outdoors – hunting, fishing, and camping. He is married to his lovely bride Lisa, and has four awesome children – Jacob, Audrey, Kyle, and Dominic.