Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary began offering theological education in Houston in 1975 with extension courses on the campus of Houston Baptist University. Twenty-five years later, a seminary looking for a home campus and a church looking to minister joined forces to provide a full campus for master's-level studies in theology.

Park Place Baptist Church, true to its well-known heritage of faith, deeded its facilities to Southwestern Seminary in 2002. The seminary then began transforming the property into a state-of-the-art campus.

A generous gift in honor of retired Houston pastor, evangelist J. Dalton Havard, provided the initial establishment of the Houston campus, including its namesake: The J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies.

In 2004, Dr. J. Denny Autrey was named the first resident dean of Southwestern’s Havard School. He retired July 2018.