Board of Trustees

MART GREEN
Vice Chair

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. Today, Hobby Lobby is a chain of more than 500 hobby, arts and crafts stores. At 19, Mart established Mardel, a chain of Christian and educational supply stores. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Mardel has 35 stores in seven states.

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 July 2008, CBA awarded Mardel the 2008 Jim Carlson Christian Bookstore of the Year Award.

In June 2002, visionary Green founded and is Executive Producer/CEO for Every Tribe Entertainment, a feature film production company. Their movie End of the Spear was released in theaters in January 2006 and won the "Grand Prize Award" at The Heartland Film Festival. In May 2007 the soundtrack won the "Dove Award for Instrumental Album." Millions in the U.S. viewed End of the Spear with great impact, and it is now being shown in many countries around the world.

Mart also produced the documentary Beyond the Gates of Splendor. It won two awards: the 2002 Heartland Film Festival "Crystal Heart Award" and the 2004 Palm Beach International Film Festival "Audience Favorite Documentary Feature Award." Other films he has produced include Miss HIV, The Grandfathers, and Little Town of Bethlehem.

With Mart's outstanding success in retail, he brings sound business sense and a strong commitment to the story in each of the films. "This Book is Alive" best describes Mart's motto. His passion is to shape culture through the true stories we tell through film.

In January 2008 Mart went on another adventure as he became Board Chair of the Board of Trustees at Oral Roberts University, a position he held for six years. ORU was one of five institutions to be selected for the 2007 Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Award for Institutional Progress in Student Learning Outcomes. CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities.

Through all these projects, Mart has held firm to a moment that changed his life in 1998: seeing an Eastern Jacaltec man in Guatemala weep when he finally received a Bible in his own language. It had taken 40 years for the translation to be completed, and Mart hoped one day to accelerate translations and find ways to distribute them so that everyone could engage with the Bible.

In 2011, that vision came much closer to fruition with the launch of the Every Tribe Every Nation (ETEN) project. Mart spearheaded this monumental alliance between the three largest Bible agencies in the world and passionate donors. The Digital Bible Library at the core of the alliance allows ministries to share Scripture translations and media files through mobile devices and print on demand anywhere in the world.

Mart has been married to his wife, Diana, for over 30 years. They are the parents of four grown children: Brent and his wife Trang, Tyler and his wife Kristin, Scott, and Amy and her husband Joe, and two grandchildren, David Asher and Isla Mercy.