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Divine Servant Award Celebration

Friday, April 26, 2019 | Recreation Complex - Time of Grace Center | * MAKE A GIFT *

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Divine Servant Award Celebration at Wisconsin Lutheran College
Friday, April 26, 2019


Wisconsin Lutheran College will present the Divine Servant Award to David Green, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hobby Lobby, during a celebration event on April 26. The event will also feature a mini concert with Special Guest Artist - Danny Gokey.

All guests should utilize our complimentary valet parking service. Simply enter the surface lot of the Recreation Complex at 8725 West Wisconsin Avenue, and our valets will park your car for you. This is also the main entrance to the event venue.  

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Questions? Please contact Rich Mannisto, Vice President of Development and Strategic Initiatives, by email or at 414.443.8788.


5:30 p.m. - Reception

6:30 p.m. - Dinner

7:45 p.m. - Program and Q&A with David Green - “Freedom, Free Enterprise, and the Entrepreneurial Spirit”

8:30 p.m. - Mini Concert with Special Guest Artist - Danny Gokey

9:15 p.m. - Afterglow


2019 DSA Recipient

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. His modest beginning, now called Hobby Lobby, totals over 850 stores. Hobby Lobby sales totaled more than $5 billion in 2018.

Hobby Lobby is the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world. The headquarters are located in just over 10 million square feet of manufacturing, distribution and office space in Oklahoma City. Affiliated companies include nine Hemispheres Fine Furnishing stores, located in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as Mardel, a popular Christian office and educational supply chain found in seven states. Hobby Lobby also has offices in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. David remains chairman of the affiliate companies, the CEO of Hobby Lobby, and a buyer of merchandise.

David is the author of two books, More than a Hobby, and his most recent book Giving it All Away… And Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously. This book shares some of Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court battle involving the Affordable Care Act, but also the larger story of family legacy and the power of generosity.

David and his wife, Barbara, are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter: Mart Green, Ministry Investment Officer of Hobby Lobby; Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby; and Darsee Lett, Vice President of Art/Creative. Son-in-law Stan Lett is Executive Vice President of Hobby Lobby. Together David and Barbara enjoy 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. They are actively involved at their church as well as many other Christian ministries and charities.

Currently, David serves on the Board of Reference for Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2013, he was honored by receiving the World Changer award; he 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, which is part of the Entrepreneur of the Year Academy). David is also dedicated to a myriad of ministry projects. “We believe it is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured," said David Green. "He has been faithful in the past, we trust Him for our future."


2019-04 DSA Danny Gokey

America watched closely as Danny Gokey battled tragedy and won millions of hearts on his way to the finals of American Idol Season 8. His story was no secret: A onetime truck driver from Milwaukee, he'd married his high school sweetheart, Sophia, only to lose her, a victim of surgery gone bad, just a month before auditioning for the smash hit talent show. 

That was enough to transfix viewers week after week. Add to that his singing - expressive, soulful, driven, but yet in command of emotions that would have overpowered practically anyone else. The result was a performance that moved audiences to tears and inspired many to face adversity with greater courage. 

Today Danny Gokey stands at a different place, wiser, stronger. He's married and has become a father. Once paled by clouds, his world now bathes in a brighter light - the same light that illuminates his extraordinary new album.

On Rise, Gokey refocuses. No longer is he fighting to get through round after round for Idol without succumbing to grief. Now, his passion is to touch people who like him have suffered moments of hopelessness. His mission is far from over, but what he achieves through his music, as an artist and a messenger, is another step toward this. 

“I wanted to share my journey through the music on this album,” Gokey explains. “I have a story to tell to which I hope others will relate and I've realized that I have this gift of music through which to tell it. On Rise, I feel like I've really figured out how to connect my message with the music.”

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Imagine an evening that allows you to experience a true Christian hero, network with a wide of range of individuals, enjoy an amazing meal, experience a program filled with the themes of freedom, free enterprise, and the entrepreneurial spirit all while helping to provide scholarships for students who want to be future Christian servant leaders. Dream no more - just such an event will be held at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Friday, April 26, 2019. All proceeds from this fundraising event will directly impact the next generation of Christian servant leaders in the form of scholarships at Wisconsin Lutheran College.


Wisconsin Lutheran College established the Divine Servant Award in 2017 as an opportunity to honor an individual who exemplifies qualities of Christian servant leadership and has exhibited Christian values throughout his or her life of service. We seek to amplify our mission of preparing Christian servant leaders who will influence and change our world. This honor is intended to be bestowed upon a high-profile individual and will serve as an awareness and fundraising event for Wisconsin Lutheran College. Past awardees have include President George W. Bush and Tony Dungy. We are privileged to recognize David Green, Founder of Hobby Lobby, as our featured speaker and recipient of the 2019 Divine Servant Award.