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Lieutenant Colonel Eddie Hobgood

Music and the arts play an important part in the work and Ministry of TSA. “Theater is a wonderful medium that draws people in and speaks to some people who would otherwise stay outside the church rather than hear a sermon.” -Native North Carolinian, Lt. Colonel Edward Hobgood.

W. Edward (Eddie) Hobgood, is a composer, lyricist, and a 1st generation Salvationist. Married to Kathy Hathaway, the Hobgoods were commissioned as Salvation Army officers in 1983 and have been actively involved in musicals and the production of them most of their lives.

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 colorful 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.

Eddie is truly grateful for the opportunity to play a part in telling the story of great Salvation Army Heroes of the Faith!

The Hobgoods served at International Headquarters as Coordinators of The Salvation Army’s 150th Anniversary Congress, BOUNDLESS: The Whole World Redeeming five-day 2015 celebration in London, England.

“There’s always power in preaching,” he says. “There’s always power in music. But I think there is equal power in theater. I believe God to be a God of props and stories. When you look at the Old Testament, it’s full of them. In the New Testament, Jesus taught in parables and used familiar objects. It’s theatrical.

Lt. Colonel W. Edward Hobgood will be our featured speaker at the Naples 2018 Doing the Most Good Civic Luncheon.

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Join Us at the 2018 Civic Luncheon as We Honor…

Volunteer of the Year Award: The Latchkey Leauge

The mission of the Latchkey League, Inc., founded by Myra Janco Daniels, is to support and provide educational, cultural and recreational services to children in the greater Naples area who are in need of after-school supervision and activities, and to promote educational development for their future. The Leauge has contributed significant financial support and countless volunteer hours at The Fran Cohen Youth Center.

Community Partner of the Year Award: United Way of Collier County & Community Foundation of Collier County

Our partner agencies work hard every day to advance the common good in our community because we all win when a child succeeds in school and when families are financially stable. When Hurricane Irma hit, collaboration proved to be the best way to effectively respond to urgent survivor needs for food, water, gas and lost income. Our disaster assistance is now in phase 2: Long-term case management, and a year later our partners remain committed to contributing their expertise and funding.

Corporate Partner of the Year Award: First Florida Integrity Bank

First Florida Integrity Bank is committed to shaping our neighborhoods and engaging with their neighbors through community giving and community action.

“My father taught me a great recipe for life that I try to pass along. It’s learn, earn and return,” said Garrett Richter, Founder.

They have provided support to The Salvation Army through event sponsorships, donations, and volunteer efforts.

2018 Doing The Most Good Civic Luncheon

What a difference a year makes.

Join us in celebrating where we have come and where we are going in Collier County. We will be honoring you for your loyal support and highlighting extraordinary community partnerships. Come meet our new officers: Captains Annie and Ben Bridges, and Lieutenant Noldine Joseph.

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R.S.V.P. by November 2, 2018, call Robin Wendell (239) 210-4006. Tickets are $100 each.
For sponsorship opportunities and press information contact Martin de St. Pierre at (239) 210-4013.


Lindsay Crossland is the Director of Development for The Salvation Army in Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County. Interested in partnering with The Salvation Army? Contact Lindsay at 727-725-9777 or UpperPinellas@uss.salvationarmy.org.

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