Bio: Steve Green, chairman of the board

gc07_stevegreen_pSteve Green serves as chairman of the board of Museum of the Bible and is the visionary leader in establishing one of the world’s largest private collections of rare biblical artifacts, known as the Green Collection.

In his role as chairman, Green has assembled a team of academics, designers, technology professionals and other experts to create the 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible, dedicated to a scholarly and engaging presentation of the Bible’s impact, history and narrative. It is scheduled to open in 2017 in Washington, three blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

“The Bible is the best-selling, most translated book of all time and is arguably history’s most significant piece of literature,” said Green. “It has had an unquestionable influence on science, education, democracy, arts and society. This book has also profoundly impacted lives across the ages, including my own.”

Green is also president of Hobby Lobby, the world’s largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer. Founded in 1972 by his father, David, in 300 square feet of retail space, the chain has grown to more than 600 stores. Along with its affiliated companies, Hobby Lobby employs some 28,000 people companywide. Today, Hobby Lobby and its affiliates (including Hemispheres and Mardel Stores, a Christian bookstore and educational supply chain) have combined sales of more than $3.3 billion.

Green authored his first book—Faith in America—in 2011. His latest book, The Bible in America, explores the history and impact of the Bible on U.S. history and in today’s modern world.

Green and his wife, Jackie, have been married for 30 years and reside in Oklahoma City, where Hobby Lobby is headquartered. Their family includes a son, five daughters, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law and three grandchildren.

  • Leadership:
    • Chairman of the Board: Museum of the Bible
    • President: Hobby Lobby, the world’s largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer
  • Current focus: Building Museum of the Bible, dedicated to a scholarly and engaging presentation of the Bible’s impact, history and narrative
  • Passion: Making the Bible more accessible to the world
  • Author: Faith in America (Looking Glass Books, 2011); The Bible in America (DustJacket Press, 2014)