Denny Autrey is Dean Emeritus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (SWBTS) Havard School of Theological Studies in Houston and Darrington extension. He holds a MDiv (1984), a DMin (1987), and a PhD (2013) all from SWBTS. After fourteen years of service as dean and senior professor of preaching and evangelism, Denny serves as Educational Consultant to GPSF. He was instrumental in the implementation of the Darrington program, the partnership of the TDCJ, and SWBTS which began in March 2011. Denny has visited the Angola prison over 10 times. Modeled after the program at Angola Prison in Louisiana, led by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, the Darrington program just completed its fifth graduation of 34 new Field Ministers. A total of 169 graduates have now completed the Darrington program serving as Field Ministers in 33 prison units within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Denny is available to provide vital academic administrative expertise in the start-up and implementation of the prison seminary model (PSM). His knowledge and experience from starting a program, leading and teaching makes him an invaluable resource to the GPSF team. Denny’s desire is to be available to see the PSM model in every state. He has personally seen how men’s lives are transformed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through theological education.