Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, talks about his family’s faith and the small arts and crafts business his father started in his garage that has turned into one of the largest retail chains of our time. Steve gives us a sneak peek at his new venture, the Museum of the Bible, opening in Washington, DC, in November of 2017. “We just want to present the facts,” Steve says, “and let the Bible speak for itself.”
Steve Green serves as chairman of the board of Museum of the Bible. 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 30,000-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.