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Gospel Announcers Guild Chairman Al “The Bishop” Hobbs Passes at 71 [UPDATE]

Al_Hobbs_PicturePATH has learned and is sad to announce the passing of Al “The Bishop” Hobbs.

Known for his distinct raspy voice, The Bishop has lost his battle with cancer. Hobbs was the Chairman of the National Gospel Announcers Guild.  Hobbs is one of the lead organizers of the historic Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), and one of the most recognizable faces in the industry.

The Vice-Chairman of the National Gospel Announcers Guild Bishop Sam Williams said, “Our universe has greatly been changed because of the transition of one of the great Gospel representatives of all time.”

In recent months, his daughter Asha Hobbs had organized a fund to help pay for her father’s radiation treatments.

Born June 4, 1943, Al “The Bishop” Hobbs was 71.

***************UPDATED 8/6/14****************

Christ Church Apostolic
6601 Grandview Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Phone: (317) 255-8761
Bishop C. Shawn Tyson, Pastor


Friday, August 15
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Musical 7pm – 11pm

Saturday, August 16
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NOTE: Singers and musicians desiring to lend their talents with the homegoing mass choir and praise band may send their contact information (name, address, phone number, and email) to alehointl@aol.com

For more information contact Pastor Henzy Green – 317.281.6198



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, was born June 4, 1943 in Decatur, Alabama. He is the father of Alex Carrington Hobbs and Asha Gabrel Hobbs.

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