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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 900 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 36 stores in nine states.
In 2010, Mart began a journey to “Eradicate Bible Poverty". An alliance of ministry and resource partners, called illumiNations was birthed. Their goal is that by 2033, all 6000 plus vital languages will have Scripture in their heart language. It is Mart’s belief that by 2033, 95% of the world will have a complete Bible, 99.96% of the world will have a New Testament, and 100% will have at least 25 chapters.
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 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.
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 still being shown in many countries around the world. Mart also produced a companion documentary called Beyond the Gates of Splendor.
A native Oklahoman, Mart and his wife, Diana, have four married children and eleven grandchildren.