The Man and His Mission

The Man

David Berg Founder of the Family International

David Berg's principal legacy lies in the missionary movement that he founded. He is also remembered for his controversial views, expressed in some of the nearly 3,000 "Letters" that he authored over three decades. (For a sampling of David's writings, see "His Message.")

Working outside of mainstream Christian denominations, during the late 1960s, he and his wife and four children recruited, trained, and inspired thousands of predominantly unchurched young adults to carry out missionary work, and to ultimately create a worldwide missionary movement dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ for over 40 years.

Although David Berg was the leader of a militantly evangelistic organization, he chose to live in seclusion, communicating with his followers and the public via "Letters" that he wrote on a wide variety of subjects. His writings were often extreme and uncompromising in nature, yet he admonished the reader to "love the sinner, but hate the sin." His writings are permeated with the same love for God and passion for winning others to Christ that has motivated missionaries throughout the ages.