Name: Paul C. Bevins
Position: Director of Youth Ministry
Office Phone: 703-753-6700 x117
Email:youthministry@holytrinityparish.net

History/Resume

Active in Youth Ministry since: November 2000
In current position since: August 2017

Youth Ministry program includes: Regular ministries: Ignite high school youth ministry, Sundays 6:00-8:00pm; Afterlife high school youth ministry, Sundays 8:00-8:30pm; high school Girls’ Small Groups, Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm; high school Boys’ Small Groups, Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm; St. Gianna’s Life Defenders (high school pro-life group), 2nd Mondays 7:00-8:30pm; Spark middle school ministry, 1st and 3rd Fridays 4:30-6:00pm; 33 Days to Morning Glory high school meetings, Fridays 7:00-8:30pm; Jr. Legion of Mary, Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm; Boy Scouts; American Heritage Girls; Cub Scouts; Venturing Crew; Food, Faith & Fun summer high school ministry, Mondays 6:00-8:00pm; and service opportunities for middle and high school aged students. Big events: Fall Retreat (Oct); RALLY (Oct); Life is VERY Good (Jan); the March for Life (Jan); diocesan One Act Play & Short Film Festival Competition (Feb); parish One Act Play performances (Feb); Spring Retreat (Mar); middle school BASH (Apr); WorkCamp (Jun); Steubenville Conferences (Jul); Middle School WorkCamp (Jul); middle school Vacation Bible School (Jul); Kings Dominion day trip (Jul); and World Youth Day (every few years).

Favorites

Favorite Food(s): Lobster & crab Bisque Rolls or shelling them, right out of the pot.

Favorite Band: The Restless, tobyMac, Audrey Assad, and the 80’s, much of that decade.

Favorite Pastime: Swimming, Baseball, family movie & pizza night, Legos, watching the New York Yankees.

Favorite Saints: St. John Bosco & St. Matthew, St. Augustine & St. Thomas Aquinas.

Favorite Scripture: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” – John 15:12-16

Favorite Book: I see this and immediately Admiral Ackbar comes to mind, “It’s a trap!” … The Holy Bible, of course! After that… many choices… maybe Mere Christianity (Lewis) and The Lamb’s Supper (Hahn) and The Power of Silence (Sarah). (Did anyone else pause to hold back a tear when they read “Admiral Ackbar”?)

Why I work in Youth Ministry: Hindsight being twenty-twenty, I can now say that it is by God’s grace I stumbled into volunteering at St. Charles Borromeo shortly after graduating from college. A friend-of-a-friend told me that some high schoolers needed some “big brother” coaching or mentoring. At the end of that first meeting we were saying the “Our Father”, and it became apparent this was something more! A few months later I was asked to lead the parish’s high school WorkCamp effort… and the rest is history. I knew at that first WorkCamp that I was called to youth ministry, even amidst sleeping on floors and working on an outdoor carpentry project in the summer. This led me to volunteer with an amazing youth ministry team and many great teens and families for many years, helping to develop and grow a comprehensive high school ministry program at our parish. Throughout that time as a volunteer, while attending many Sunday night meetings, retreat weekends, service days, social nights, and much more, the thought about working in a parish full-time was planted, grew, remained with me, and was never far from the surface. When this position became available, true discernment began anew for my family and me … and yet again, by God’s grace, here I am. It is truly a privilege to serve and get to know the teens and families, as well as support the many youth ministries and youth ministers here at Holy Trinity!

About Me: I studied Civil Engineering and I am a Virginia Cavalier and native Nutmegger… though I don’t know anyone that actually says “I am a Nutmegger” out loud. A post-college job opportunity kept me in the DC-area, I started volunteering at St. Charles, and a few years later met my wife Melissa volunteering there with the high schoolers. After many Sunday night youth group meetings, WorkCamp trips, social nights, and retreats, serving alongside each other, and finding time to go out on real dates as well, Melissa and I were married in November 2008. We have two awesome children Margaret Claire and Paul William, and the four of us love family movie & pizza nights, visiting family, camping road trips, the zoo, chasing the next Jr. National Park Ranger badges, playing with Legos, visiting the National Museum of Natural History, watching airplanes especially at Gravelly Point, going to the beach … and I suppose our crazy cat named Lulu, too. I am a Full Member in Youth Apostles, and also have a great love for my HTYM and WAY “families”.

Birthdate: December 25