Al Hobbs and The Belle 2013

The Belle with Al “The Bishop” Hobbs (file photo 2013)

Indianapolis, IN –  While 2014 marked the 44th Annual Gospel Announcers Guild Convention, held this year in Atlanta, GA, from Sunday, July 27th – Wednesday, July 30th, it was hard to accept the news that the Chairman of the Gospel Announcers Guild and the Vice Chairman of The Gospel Music Workshop of America,  Al ‘The Bishop” Hobbs, transitioned to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 31, 2014 during the early afternoon of the day.

In the words of the Gospel Announcers Guild site… “Al “The Bishop” Hobbs is simply one of the most interesting personalities you’re likely to ever cross paths with in this industry.  Wearing as many hats as some specialty stores offer, Brother Hobbs has earned the title of ‘Bishop’ with an empire to accompany it.  He currently oversees the operation of two gospel record labels, serves as chairperson of the Gospel Announcer’s Guild and serves as Vice-Chairperson of the industry’s leading organization – the Gospel Music Workshop Of America, Inc. (GMWA).


Al is one of America’s leading broadcasting, record company and Gospel music marketing and sales executive. A professional artist, announcer, meeting planner, event coordinator and successful entrepreneur.

Bishop Hobbs was born June 4, 1943 in Decatur, Alabama.” Bishop Hobbs leaves behind two children.

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