Nick Pitt (Schools Worker)
I started out in life as a software developer, designing software for the retail banking sector and spending ‘far too much’ time working in the Middle East. I ended up working for ICE, going into primary schools and talking to children about Christianity! These two (rather disparate) occupations demonstrate so clearly how we can never presume to know exactly what it is that God has planned for our lives. (We can try and guess but we’re usually wrong – at least I was anyway!)
All of the hard work in my (albeit rather short) IT career enabled me to leave the profession in 2001. Still many years the ‘right side of 40’, I had plenty of time to embark upon a more ‘meaningful’ endeavour. I’d long had a desire to work with children – particularly younger children – so in 2004 I undertook a PGCE course at Exeter University. Shortly after qualifying as a primary school teacher I started working at a school in Torquay, where I remained for several years.
During the summer of 2015, God opened a door for me to join ICE Torbay. This was a wonderful answer to my prayers! During my Christian life I’ve always had a passion for sharing the love of God amongst youths and younger children and this position created so many opportunities to do this, in a variety of creative and imaginative ways.
I’d spent a number of years at our church (Christ Church, Paignton) sharing the Gospel with children and youths, doing Bible teaching, games, drama, crafts and many more activities. I’d been actively involved in church-based youth and children’s work for over 10 years which gave me some vital experience to bring to my new role.