Dr. Horton is from Grand Prairie, Texas. He is a Baylor graduate (B.A., Religion and Greek), and holds graduate degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Baylor University (Ph.D). He is married to Sara, from Conroe, Texas, and the Hortons have two sons (Josh and Joel). Dr. Horton is a former youth minister and pastor, having served churches in Texas, Indiana, Hong Kong, and Georgia. He has taught at Hong Kong Baptist University (1993-1995), Yonok College in Thailand (1995-1996), Brewton-Parker College in Georgia (1996-2001), Howard Payne University in Texas (2001-2005), and Baylor University (2005-Present).
Practical Studies, Spiritual Formation, Emerging Church Movement, and Cross-Cultural Ministry
The Frank P. Forwood Award for Excellence in Presented Research, awarded March 9, 2013 by the Association for the Scientific Study of Religion for the paper, "Short-term Mission Trips: What the Long-term Missions Personnel Really Think about Them"
The Frank P. Forwood Award for Academic Excellence in Presented Research awarded March 7, 2009 by the Association for the Scientific Study of Religion-Southwest for the paper, "Resurgent Calvinism among Young Conservative Christian Leaders and Its Implications for Women in Ministry"
Howard Payne University Award for Teaching Excellence, 2004-2005
Brewton-Parker College Teacher of the Year, 1998-1999
Member, American Society of Missiology
Member, Association of Ministry Guidance Professionals (President in 2002)
Member, Association of Professors of Mission
Member, National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (President, NABPR-SW in 2012)
Member, Religious Research Association
"The Effects of Short-term Mission Trips on Host Partners and Their Communities." Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Grant (2012–2013) of $5,000 awarded to Dennis Horton by the Baylor University URSA Program.
"The Effects of Short-Term Mission Trips on Mission Team Members." Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Grant (2010–2011) of $5,000 awarded to Dennis Horton by the Baylor University URSA Program.
A National Survey of Ministry Students-2007. University Research Grant (2007-2008) of $3,000 awarded to Dennis Horton by the Baylor University Research Committee.
"Winfred Moore: A Model for Ministry." Faculty Research Grant (2007-08) of $2,500 awarded to Dennis Horton and Doug Weaver by the Baylor University Institute for Oral History.
Death and Resurrection: The Shape and Function of a Literary Motif in the Book of Acts (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2009).
"Short-Term Mission Trips: What the Long-Term Missions Personnel Really Think about Them." In The 2013 Proceedings of the ASSR. Jon K. Loessin and Scott Stripling, eds. (Dallas, Texas: 2013): 67–83.
"The Effects of Short-term Missions on Mission Team Members." In The Year 2011 Proceedings of the ASSR-SW. Jon K. Loessin and Scott Stripling, eds. (Dallas, Texas: 2011): 52–73.
"Ministry Student Ages of Conversion with Implications for Childhood Evangelism and Baptism Practices." The Christian Education Journal 7 (Spring 2010): 30–51.
"Resurgent Calvinism's Influence among Baptist Ministry Students and Its Implications for Women in Ministry." Baptist History and Heritage 45 (Spring 2010): 20–33.
"Discerning Spiritual Discernment: Assessing Current Approaches for Understanding God's Will." The Journal of Youth Ministry 7 (Spring 2009): 7–31.