Founder & CEO, Mardel Christian Educational Supply
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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 also serves as 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 January 2005, Christian Retailing named Mart Green one of the Top Fifty People who have most shaped and impacted 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 January 2008 to April 2014, Mart served as Board Chair of the Board of Trustees at Oral Roberts University and now serves as Trustee Emeritus.
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. This will make it easier for audio, video, mobile and print-on-demand ministries to obtain the Bible texts they need. It is Mart’s belief that by 2033 95% of the world will have a complete Bible, 99.9996% of the world will have a New Testament, and 100% will have at least 25 chapters.
A native Oklahoman, Mart and his wife, Diana, have enjoyed over 30 years of marriage. They have four adult children, three children-in-law and seven grandchildren.