Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil announced Thursday that Hobby Lobby Founders David and Barbara Green will receive the 4th Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith at a banquet in their honor April 9 in Scottsdale.
“We are thrilled to be able to honor the Greens for the stands they have taken for Christ as business owners,” Munsil said. “Not only have they been huge job creators who are renowned for taking care of their employees, but they have been willing to stand up to unjust governmental decrees that violate their conscience, religious freedom and commitment to the sanctity of every human life.”
The Greens’ willingness to stand up for the sanctity of life through a lawsuit challenging the HHS contraceptive/abortion mandate resulted in a landmark 5-4 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 that protects our freedom to operate a business consistent with our religious principles.
Previous recipients of the Daniel Award include the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, evangelist and Samaritan’s Purse CEO Rev. Franklin Graham, and Grammy winning recording artist Michael W. Smith.
“The purpose of the Daniel Award is to honor those who have stood for Christ in our culture, no matter what sphere of influence or vocation, and to provide an example for our students who are studying for degrees in the same field,” Munsil said. “With President Bush, Franklin Graham and Michael W. Smith, we honored those who led in politics, full-time Christian ministry, and the world of arts and entertainment and music.”
“Our business administration degree is one of the most popular degrees at ACU,” Munsil said. “We believe the Greens provide a fantastic example for our business students by demonstrating that you don’t have to compromise your commitment to Christ to succeed in the business world.”
David Green earned his credentials in the retail business through many years of employment with various retail chains, 13 of which were spent with TG & Y stores, where he served as Store Manager and Area Supervisor. From a modest beginning, Hobby Lobby has grown to more than 600 stores totaling more than 3.65 billion in 2014. Hobby Lobby is the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world. The headquarters are located in a 7-million square foot manufacturing, distribution and office complex in Oklahoma City.
David serves on the Board of Reference for Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2013, he was honored with the World Changer award, and is also a past Ernst & Young national retail/consumer Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient, and lifetime member of The Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame. Green is dedicated to a myriad of ministry projects.
Barbara served on the Board of Directors of the City Rescue Mission for 20 years and is still closely associated with the mission, serving as chairperson of its “Seeing the Light” capital campaign. The goal of the campaign was $4.5 million for expansion of mission services, including new buildings. The campaign was completed in August of 1999, going over its goal. She developed campaign strategies and solicited major campaign gifts. Barbara serves on the Board of Trustees of Northpoint Bible College in Haverhill, MA.
The Greens are proud parents of two sons and one daughter: Mart Green, CEO of Mardel Stores, Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby, and Darsee Lett, Vice President of Art/Creative for Hobby Lobby. Son-in-law Stan Lett is Executive Vice President of Hobby Lobby. Together they enjoy 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.