The Rev. Minnie Autry is the fourth child born to the late Rev. J.K. & Mrs. Gertrude Spikes Robinson in Marion, AR. Upon completion of her secondary education in the West Memphis, AR public school system she married her high school sweetheart, the late Davie L. Autry. They were married for thirty-four years. To this union three children were born, Gregory (Dierdra), Ricardo (Linda, deceased) and Sharrice Autry. Greg and Ricardo each have three children.
Rev. Autry and her late husband joined Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) in May 1986 under the pastorate of the Rev. Norman V. Osborne. (Who is now Presiding Elder of the Soaring South District). As a lay person, Rev. Autry served on the Senior Usher Board Number One; a Supervisor on the Junior Usher Board; a Sunday School Teacher; and as a member of the Lay Organization, Ruth Missionary Society, Daughters of Deborah, New Member’s Committee, and Pastor’s Chorus.
In 1991 Rev. Autry accepted the call into the Christian ministry “to go teach His Gospel.” In 1992 Rev. Autry was admitted on trial to the Michigan Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Following her admission to the conference she wanted to ‘study to show herself approved,’ and enrolled at Marygrove College to prepare properly for the ministry that God had entrusted her to do. Unfortunately, after two semesters she had to take an extended leave. However, Rev. Autry returned to Marygrove in the fall of 2000 and graduated Cum Laude with a BA in
Religious Studies in 2005.
Rev. Autry was ordained as an Itinerant Deacon in 1994 by Bishop James Haskell Mayo, and in the fall enrolled in a two year Diploma in Christian Ministry at Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS). Rev. Autry completed the program in May 1996 and was ordained an Itinerant Elder in August 1996 by the late Bishop Robert Thomas, Jr. with eight other powerful women of God. Rev. Autry enrolled at ETS in 2005 in the Master of Divinity Program. Rev. Autry praises God for allowing her to complete the Master of Divinity Program June 5, 2010, and the summer of 2011 completed one unit of CPE training at Sinai Grace.
Rev. Autry served at Smith Chapel under the pastorates of the Revs. Drs. David Russell Jarrett & E.J. Parker, and the Rev. Thomas Higginbothan from February 1999 to September 2002. Rev. Autry then served at Vinson Chapel from October 2002 to August 2003 under the pastorate of the Rev. Lila Rose Martin. That same year Rev. Autry was elected WIM Coordinator for Michigan and served until August 2006. Rev. Autry was also blessed with her first pastoral assignment by Bishop Philip R. Cousin, Sr. where she continued to serve faithfully, joyfully, and thankfully until September 11, 2011, where at the close of Michigan Annul Conference she was appointed to Community AME Church by the Rt. Rev. John R. Bryant. Rev. Autry was also appointed Church School Superintendent of the Notable North District in April 2009 by Presiding Elder H. Michael Lemmons.
On a personal note, Rev. Autry has had some ‘good days and some bad days, some weary days, and sleepless nights, she had some hills to climb, but when she looks around and thinks things over all her good days outweigh her bad days and she won’t complain.’
"To God, all the Glory, Praise, and Honor Belongs, for Jesus is the Author and Finisher of my life!"