On Sunday 22 February Staines Corps welcome Salvation Army officers Eddie and Kathy Hobgood
Eddie and Kathy Hobgood are first-generation Salvationists who have been married for 36 years. They have 3 children; two of whom are Salvation Army officers in the USA Southern Territory (Middleburg, Florida & Burlington, North Carolina respectively) and a son who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They have 7 grandchildren.
The Hobgoods had, until 2012, served their entire officership in the USA Southern Territory in various corps, DHQ and THQ appointments. Prior to being appointed to IHQ they were the Territorial Secretaries for Programme, USA Southern.
The arts have played a major role in the lives and officership of the Hobgoods. The Hobgoods were selected to produce the opening rally for the 2000 International Congress in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as direct the Congress musical, Godspell. In 2005, Eddie wrote The Turk: Sanctified Salvationist Showman, a story based on the life of Staff-Captain Joseph Garabed, one of The Salvation Army’s most colourful and unique officers. It has been presented across the United States, Canada, Argentina, the International College for Officers in London, as well as numerous corps and divisional gatherings in the United Kingdom.
In 2007, Eddie was commissioned to write a musical about the life of Commissioner Samuel Logan Brengle, The Salvation Army’s foremost teacher, preacher and prophet on the doctrine of holiness, entitled, Brengle: My Life’s Ambition. It has been presented in the USA Southern, Eastern and Western Territories, Barbados, Jamaica, USA Southwest Division, London (Sunbury Court), England, Stockholm, Sweden (International Youth Conference), Argentina, Santiago, Chile and Bolivia and the Latin America North Territory. He has since reduced the essence of this musical into a one-man presentation, which has been presented extensively across the United Kingdom, as well.
In 2011, the USA Southern Territory premiered the latest musical penned by Eddie entitled, Our People. This musical tells the stories of William and Catherine Booth, as well as the people of the Mile End Waste, whose lives all intersected and created the birth of The Salvation Army.
The Turk: Sanctified Salvationist Showman, Brengle: My Life’s Ambition, and Our People, along with downloadable resources can be found at: www.tsamusicals.org
The Hobgoods currently serve at International Headquarters as Coordinators of The Salvation Army’s 150th Anniversary Congress, BOUNDLESS: The Whole World Redeeming, which will take place 1 – 5 July, 2015 in London at the O2.