Since 2004, Denny Autrey has served as the Dean and Professor of Pastoral Ministries of the J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's Houston campus.  He has retired from that position in 2018 and currently serves as Senior Professor of Preaching and Evangelism, and Dean Emeritus of the J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies.

Prior to his election to this post, Autrey served as senior pastor to various Southern Baptist churches in Texas and Oklahoma (West End Baptist, Galveston, TX; Alta Vista Baptist, Pasadena, TX; FBC, Guymon, OK; and FBC Lindale, TX).  He brings over thirty years of pastoral experience to the classroom where academic truth and practical knowledge come together to enhance the teaching experience.  His undergraduate degree is a BBA from Stephen F. Austin State University in Management and Marketing, and his graduate work began at Southwestern's Houston extension where he earned his MDivBL (1984) and his DMin from Southwestern (1987).  Autrey completed his PhD dissertation in Homiletics and Evangelism from Southwestern (2013).  He is married to Angela and they have three daughters, Amber Stovall of North Carolina; Julie Welch of Paris, Texas; and Haley St. John of Mildenhall Air Force Base, United Kingdom.  The Autreys serve as members of Sagemont Church in Houston.