J. Nick Pitts

J. Nick Pitts is the director of cultural engagement for The Denison Forum on Truth and Culture.

J. Nick Pitts serves as the director of cultural engagement at the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture. He came to the Denison Forum in 2014 after a fateful conversation with its founder, Dr. Jim Denison. Pitts, a Ph.D. candidate at Dallas Baptist University (DBU), had spent the summer studying at Oxford with other students and faculty including Denison, a visiting professor. One day, they sat together on a train ride and talked for an hour, mostly about Christian engagement of the culture. Denison said they would reconnect when they returned to the U.S., and a few months later, he offered Pitts a position with the Denison Forum. He contributes to the Forum in the areas of geopolitics and popular culture, as well as serving as the editor of the Daily Briefing. He continues work on his doctorate and serves as an adjunct professor at DBU, teaching a master’s level course in the philosophy of leadership. His Ph.D. research centers upon John F. Kennedy’s engagement of the religious community in the 1960 presidential campaign. He presented a paper on the topic at Calvin College’s 2015 symposium on religion and public life. He is an editor at large for The Liberty Project, an online magazine, and his op-eds have been published by The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Religion News Service and He received a bachelor’s degree in 2007 from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and a master’s degree in 2009 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He served as the Director of College Ministry at First Baptist Church Arlington (Texas) for five years.