About Jim Berg
Jim Berg’s biblical, practical, and accessible approach to spiritual growth and problem-solving can be traced back to his early days growing up in South Dakota. Jim spent countless hours side by side with his dad, tinkering on the family Volkswagens and working on the farm. Jim credits this time working with his father and mother on the farm for his ability to break down and solve problems. Consequently, he draws many relatable anecdotes from his working-class childhood on the farm and his teen years in restaurant work to illustrate biblical truth in his books and sermons.
During college, God captured Jim’s heart and began to use his diverse experiences to minister to those around him. He taught weekend children’s clubs, held Bible studies at a neighboring secular college, and directed his church’s Sunday school ministry to over a thousand children. Jim has traveled around the world with his wife, Pat, speaking to believers on the topics of spiritual growth, leadership development, discipleship, and biblical counseling.
Jim holds a Master of Arts in Theology from BJU Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He oversees BJU’s online seminary counseling programs and teaches resident counseling classes at BJU Seminary. He also serves as a deacon and as the executive director of Freedom That Lasts® and the director of Faith Counseling Institute at his home church, Faith Baptist Church, in Greenville, SC.
Jim and his wife, Pat, have three adult daughters who are in full-time vocational ministry with their husbands. Jim and Pat have eleven grandchildren.