Mart Green Bio

About Mart Green

Mart Green began his retail career in the home of his parents as a youth. With $600 his family started Hobby Lobby in their living room, which is now a chain of over 800 arts and crafts stores. He is the Ministry Investment Officer for Hobby Lobby and serves as the Board Chair.

In 1981, Mart established Mardel, a chain of Christian and educational supply stores. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Mardel has 34 stores in seven states.

In June 2002, visionary Green founded and was Producer/CEO for Every Tribe Entertainment, a feature film production company. Their movie End of the Spear was released to theaters in January 2006. Millions in the U.S. viewed End of the Spear with great impact. The film is now being shown in many countries around the world. Mart also produced the companion documentary Beyond the Gates of Splendor.

Awards & Roles in the Community

In January 2005, Christian Retailing named Mart Green one of the Top Fifty People who have most impacted and shaped Christian retailing in the last half century. In 2008, he was also awarded the Jim Carlson Christian Bookstore of the Year Award by the Christian Book Association (CBA) for setting standards of excellence in the industry.

From 2008 to 2014, Mart served as Board Chair of the Board of Trustees at Oral Roberts University (ORU). He now serves as Trustee Emeritus.

Outreach Efforts

In 2010, Mart began a journey to help build a Digital Bible Library through an alliance called Every Tribe Every Nation. Its goal is to centralize, digitize, standardize and finalize the Bible texts of the world. Making it easier for audio, video, mobile and print-on-demand ministries to get the Bible texts they need. It is Mart’s belief that by 2033, 95% of the world will have a complete Bible in their heart language, 99.9% of the world will have a New Testament in their heart language, and 100% of the world will have some portion of scripture.

A native Oklahoman, Mart and his wife, Diana, have enjoyed over 30 years of marriage. They have four married children and eleven grandchildren.