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.

In the summer of 2018 Sagemont Church opened their hearts and their campus to Southwestern Seminary, thus allowing the Havard School to have a new and exciting home for theological education in Houston.  The Havard School began offering classes in the Fall 2018 at its new location at Sagemont Church.