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Stephen Stookey – Texas Stephen Stookey, Ph.D. A photographer, historian and ordained minister, Stephen Stookey, Ph.D., captures the stories of locations with intrinsic historical importance, cultural influence, religious significance &/or natural beauty, including the animate & inanimate objects occupying the space. Stephen’s 20+ year career as a seminary and college professor-- teaching religious history, theology and leadership studies--opens doors to lecture and photograph at locations across the United States and around the world. Photography is an integral component in Stephen’s courses, lectures and presentations. His academic expertise and skills in photography combine in his current volunteer project as Historical Consultant for the Texas Baptist Historical Museum in Independence, Texas—birthplace of Baylor University, Stephen’s alma mater. Sic ‘em, Bears! "Photography allows me to connect audiences with timeless stories from locations of intrinsic beauty, historical importance and spiritual significance." Connecting the stories of time and place through photography, Stephen’s portfolio offers a range of inspirational images fro m nature to religious architecture and historical landmarks. Images are accompanied with descriptive summaries highlighting the stories of time and place. Stephen and his wife, Beverly, reside in Fort Worth, TX along with their three turtles—Boxer, Ruby and Speedy the Three-LeggedWonder-Turtle. Stephen and Beverly have two college-aged children and the tuition bills to prove it. Website: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/stephen-stookey.html Here is my piece. It is called Texas Hill Country Sunset. Art United Methodist Church (Art, Texas) sits in the picturesque Texas Hill Country. Spring blankets the rural church grounds in Texas bluebonnets. Organized in 1856 by German immigrants, Art Methodist held all worship services in German until 1927. The present stone church dates to 1890--replacing earlier church structures built in 1858 (log structure) and 1875 (stone church and school). Art's two Methodist churches united in 1939. German settlers populated the Texas Hill Country in the 1800s, and remnants of Texas-German culture remain in the area. The early German settlement of Art, TX, gave way to growing nearby towns. Today, the Mason County town consists of the church, a post office, and a couple of buildings. Recent census data counted 18 residents. Art United Methodist still ministers to those in the community. 89