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Vice Chairman at Large of The

Gospel Music Workshop of America and

Chairman of the Gospel Announcers Guild,

Al “The Bishop” Hobbs

“Called from Labor to Reward”

On Thursday July 31, 2014

AlHobbs2TBR — Indianapolis, IN — While 2014 marked the 47th Annual Convention for the Gospel Music Workshop of America July 26th – August 1st and 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 Vice-Chairman at Large of The Gospel Music Workshop of America and the Chairman of the Gospel Announcers Guild, Al ‘The Bishop” Hobbs, transitioned to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 31, 2014 during the early afternoon of the day.

The news hit hard with so many still in prayer for Bishop Hobbs and hopeful that he would pull through.  However, God decided to take his son home from a long struggle with cancer and decided it was time for him to rest. Only hours after hearing the news, pictures of Bishop Hobbs starting to pop up all over FACEBBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM.  Stories, memories and moments with Bishop Hobbs became non-stop.

Personally… “My memories with Bishop Hobbs are rich. He gave me opportunities, helped grow my business, taught me lessons in leadership and always kept it real.  Any question that I asked him, he always had an answer!  He even looked out for me and advised me on my surroundings involving the industry.  I will truly miss his leadership!”

In the words of the Gospel Announcers Guild website…“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, he always made a difference with anything he was involved in.”

His presence was authoritative but with a gentle spirit. He was loved by many and respected by even more.

Bishop Hobbs was born June 4, 1943 in Decatur, Alabama.  He will truly be missed as he touched the lives of many with opportunity, guidance, and love.

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