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'''David Brandt Berg''' (February 18, [[1919]] – October [[1994]]) was the founder and leader of the [[Children of God]], now called [[The Family International]]. The group believes he continues to lead them today from beyond the grave (see: [[prophecy]]). Pseudonyms Berg is commonly known by (in or outside the group) include '''Moses David''', '''Mo''', '''King David''', '''Father David''', '''Chairman Mo''', '''David Fontaine''', '''Dad''', and '''Grandpa'''.
 
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=David Berg=
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'''David Brandt Berg''' (18 February [[1919]] – October [[1994]]) was the founder and leader of the [[Children of God]], now called [[The Family International]]. The group believes he continues to lead them today from beyond the grave (see: [[Prophecy]]). Pseudonyms Berg is commonly known by (in or outside the group) include '''Moses David''', '''Mo''', '''King David''', '''Father David''', '''Dad''', and '''Grandpa'''.
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[[Image:David_Berg-002.jpg|thumb|230px|David Berg]]
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
===Early years (1919 – 1968)===
 
===Early years (1919 – 1968)===
David Berg was born in Oakland, [[California]], [[United States|USA]] to [[Hjalmer Emmanuel Berg]] and Rev. [[Virginia Lee Brandt]], a Christian evangelist. David was the youngest of three children, with a brother, Hjalmer, born in 1911, and a sister, Virginia, born in September, 1915. Virginia Brandt was the daughter of Dr. Rev. [[John Lincoln Brandt]] (1860 - 1946), preacher, author, and lecturer of Muskogee, Oklahoma.
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David Berg was born in Oakland, [[California]], [[United States|USA]] to [[Hjalmer Emmanuel Berg]] and Rev. [[Virginia Lee Brandt]], a Christian evangelist. David was the youngest of three children, with a brother, Hjalmer, born in 1911, and a sister, Virginia, born in September, 1915. Virginia Brandt was the daughter of Dr. Rev. [[John Lincoln Brandt]] (1860 – 1946), a preacher, author, and lecturer from Muskogee, Oklahoma. Berg graduated from Monterey High School in California in 1935 and later attended Elliott School of Business Administration.
  
Berg graduated from Monterey High School in California in 1935 and later attended Elliott School of Business Administration.
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Between 1948 and 1954, Berg, like his father, became a minister in the [[Christian and Missionary Alliance]] and was placed at Valley Farms, Arizona. He was eventually expelled from the organization for differences in teachings and alleged sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old female church employee.
  
Between 1948 and 1954, Berg, like his father, became a minister in the [[Christian and Missionary Alliance]] and was placed at Valley Farms, Arizona. Berg was eventually expelled from the organization for differences in teachings and alleged sexual misconduct with a church employee.
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Later, [[Fred Jordan]], Berg's friend and boss, allowed Berg and his personal family to open a branch of his Soul Clinic in Miami, Florida as a missionary training school. After running into trouble with local authorities for his aggressive [[:Category:Proselytization|proselytization]] methods, Berg moved his family to Fred Jordan's [[Texas Soul Clinic]].
  
Later, [[Fred Jordan]], Berg's friend and boss, allowed Berg and his personal family to open a branch of his Soul Clinic in Miami, Florida as a missionary training school. After running into trouble with local authorities for his aggresive methods of [[:Category:Proselytization|proselytizing]], Berg moved his family to Fred Jordan's [[Texas Soul Clinic]].
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<div style="float:right; margin:0 -10px 0 10px;">[[Image:David_berg_lion.jpg|thumb|left|95px|Typical illustration of David Berg. From [http://www.xfamily.org/images/f/f0/Love-is-news-part1.pdf Love is News-1]]]
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[[Image:David Berg-Lion-001.jpg|thumb|left|85px|Berg with lion drawing over his face]]
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[[Image:Berg_philippines_mid-80s.jpg|thumb|left|210px|Berg with "[[Lily Filipina]]" in the Philippines, mid-1980s]]
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===The Children of God/The Family (1968 &ndash; 1994)===
 
===The Children of God/The Family (1968 &ndash; 1994)===
David Berg founded the [[new religious movement]]/[[cult]]/missionary organization known as the Children of God in [[1968]]. The group was later known as The Family of Love, The Family, and currently The Family International. This group is the primary focus of this website. As founder and prophetic leader, Berg communicated with his followers via [[Mo Letters]]—letters of instruction and counsel on a myriad of subjects.
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David Berg founded the [[new religious movement]]/[[cult]]/missionary organization known as the Children of God in [[1968]]. The group was later known as The Family of Love, The Family, and now The Family International. This group is the primary focus of this website.
  
<div style="float:right">[[Image:David_berg_lion.jpg|thumb|left|90px|Typical illustration of David Berg. From [http://www.xfamily.org/images/f/f0/Love-is-news-part1.pdf Love is News-1]]]
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As founder and prophetic leader, Berg communicated with his followers via [[Mo Letters]]—letters of instruction and counsel on a myriad of subjects. Apart from writings, however, Berg mostly lived in total seclusion and [[:Category:Secrecy|secrecy]] from his followers. Along with [[Karen Zerby]] (whom he took as a common-law second wife in August [[1969]]), Berg is thought to have used a fake Australian passport when traveling. In Family publications, printed photographs of [[World Services]] members were typically censored by means of a rudimentary drawing pasted over the persons face, and in Berg's case it was common for his head to be replaced with that of a lion.
[[Image:David Berg-Lion-001.jpg|thumb|left|80px|Berg with lion drawing over his face]]
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[[Image:Berg_philippines_mid-80s.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Berg with "[[Lily Filipina]]" in the Philippines, mid-1980s]]
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Berg lived in total seclusion and [[:Category:Secrecy|secrecy]] from his followers and, along with [[Karen Zerby]] (whom he took as a ''soi-disant'' second wife in August [[1969]]), is thought to have used a fake Australian passport when traveling. In Family publications, printed photographs of [[World Services]] members were typically censored by means of a rudimentary drawing pasted over the persons face, and in Berg's case it was not uncommon for his head to be replaced with that of a lion.
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Countries where Berg and his entourage have lived over the years include the following:
 
Countries where Berg and his entourage have lived over the years include the following:
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!Events
 
!Events
 
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| 1919 || 1970 || [[USA]] || Berg is born; "The Light Club", Tucson, Laurentide, "TSC"
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| 1919-02-18 || || [[USA]] || Berg is born <!--"The Light Club", Tucson, Laurentide, "TSC"-->
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|- style="background:#efefef;"
| 1970 - September || 1971 - June || Europe || Visiting Europe, Israel, and Cyprus
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| 1970-09 || 1971-06 || Europe || Visiting Europe, Israel, and Cyprus
 
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| 1971 - June || 1972 - April || USA || Return to the USA; Dallas and Texoma Lake Park
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| 1971-06 || 1972-04 || USA || Return to the USA; Dallas and Texoma Lake Park
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|- style="background:#efefef;"
| 1972 - April || 1974 - May || London, [[United Kingdom]] ||
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| 1972-04 || 1974-05 || London, [[United Kingdom]] ||
 
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| 1974 - May || 1977 - March || Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain || FFing, [[Davidito]] born, KQC Meetings, Church of Love
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| 1974-05 || 1977-03 || Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain || FFing, [[Davidito]] born, KQC Meetings, Church of Love
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|- style="background:#efefef;"
| 1977 - March || 1978 - April || Madeira, Portugal and Madrid, Spain || The [[RNR]]
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| 1977-03 || 1978-04 || [[wikipedia:Cascais|Cascais]] / Madeira, Portugal and Madrid, Spain || The [[RNR]]
 
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| 1978 - April || 1978 - December || Switzerland || With [[Timothy Concerned]]
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| 1978-04 || 1978-12 || Switzerland || With [[Timothy Concerned]]
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|- style="background:#efefef;"
| 1978 - December || 1981 - July || [http://www.puyricard.org/home.htm Puyricard] (village in Aix-en-Provence), [[France]] || [[Techi]] is born; Berg, ''et al.'' live on a farm just outside of Puyricard
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| 1978-12 || 1981-07 || [[wikipedia:Puyricard|Puyricard]] (village in Aix-en-Provence), [[France]] || [[Techi]] is born; Berg, ''et al.'' live on a farm just outside of Puyricard
 
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| 1981 - July || 1981 - December || Cape Town, South Africa ||  
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| 1981-07 || 1981-12 || Cape Town, South Africa ||  
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|- style="background:#efefef;"
| 1981 - December || 1982 - May || ''unknown'' ||
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| 1981-12 || 1982-05 || Estoril, Portugal; Sri Lanka; and Singapore ||
 
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| 1982 - May || 1987 - November || Antipolo (North of Manila), the [[Philippines]] ||  
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| 1982-05 || 1987-11 || Antipolo (North of Manila), the [[Philippines]] ||  
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|- style="background:#efefef;"
| 1987 - November || 1988 - February || ''unknown'' ||
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| 1987-11 || 1988-02 || Tokyo, Japan area ||
 
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| 1988 - February || 1988 - October || [[Tateyama, Japan|Tateyama]], [[Japan]] ||
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| 1988-02 || 1988-10 || [[Tateyama, Japan|Tateyama]], [[Japan]] ||
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| late 1988 || mid 1993 || Canada (near Vancouver, B.C.) ||
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| 1988-11 || 1993 (mid-year) || Canada (near Vancouver, B.C.) || Berg, ''et al.'' remain there until mid 1993, when they are forced to flee due to a revived police investigation about their illegal attempts to obtain Canadian passports. During this time Ricky Rodriguez visits Family communities in the U.S. and Australia with Steven Kelly.
 
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| 1994 || death || Costa de Caparica, [[Portugal]] ||
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| 1994 || 1994-10 || Costa de Caparica, [[Portugal]] || Berg dies
 
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Berg died of undisclosed causes in [[1994]] and was buried in Costa de Caparica, Portugal (his remains have since been cremated). His organization is currently led by his widow [[Karen Zerby]] (known in the group as Mama Maria or Queen Maria) and [[Steven Douglas Kelly]] (an American commonly known as Peter Amsterdam or King Peter).
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Berg died of undisclosed causes in [[1994]] and was buried in Costa de Caparica, Portugal (his remains have since been cremated). His organization is currently led by [[Karen Zerby]] (known in the group as Mama Maria or Queen Maria) and [[Steven Douglas Kelly]] (an American commonly known as Peter Amsterdam or King Peter).
  
 
==Alleged sexual abuse==
 
==Alleged sexual abuse==
At least six women, including both his daughters, his daughter-in-law and two of his granddaughters, have publicly alleged that Berg sexually abused them when they were children. In 1974, Berg's daugter-in-law, [[Sarah Berg]] (who married Berg's son Paul when she was 15), alleged, in testimony to the New York Attorney General's Charity Frauds Bureau, statements on national television and in a deposition taken by New York attorney Aaron F. Klein, that Berg made sexual advances towards her, exposed himself to her and attempted to have intercourse with her "three or four years before my teens." Berg's eldest daughter [[Deborah Davis]] has written a book in which she accuses her father of sexually molesting both her and her sister when they were children, and attempting to have sex with her as an adult. Her sister [[Faith Berg]] corroborated these claims, but described them in a positive way. Sarah Berg also partially corroborated these claims, noting that: "David, at times, would try to get away with things with his own daughters and he tried it with me when I was a little girl, but I was too young to really know what was going on." In a [[Judgment of Lord Justice Ward|child-custody case]] in the [[United Kingdom]], Berg's grandaughter [[Merry Berg]] testified that Berg sexually molested her when she was a young teenager. Another of Berg's granddaughters, [[Joyanne Treadwell Berg]], spoke on American television about being sexually abused by her grandfather. Berg's informally adopted son [[Ricky Rodriguez]] wrote an [[Life with Grandpa - the Mene Story|article]] on the website [[MovingOn|MovingOn.org]] in which he describes Berg's deviant sexual activity involving a number of women and children. [[Davida Kelley]], the daughter of Rodriguez's nanny [[Sara Kelley]], accused Berg of molesting her in a [[Rolling Stone: The Life and Death of the Chosen One|June 2005 Rolling Stone article]]. In the same article, a woman identified as [[Armendria]] alleged that Berg sexually abused her when she was 13 years old.
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At least seven women, including both his daughters, his daughter-in-law and two of his granddaughters, have publicly alleged that Berg sexually abused them when they were children.
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*In 1974, Berg's daughter-in-law [[Sarah Berg]] (who married Berg's son Paul when she was 15) alleged, in testimony to the New York Attorney General's Charity Frauds Bureau, statements on national television and in a deposition taken by New York attorney Aaron F. Klein, that Berg made sexual advances towards her, exposed himself to her and attempted to have intercourse with her "three or four years before my teens."
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*Berg's eldest daughter [[Deborah Davis]] has written a book in which she accuses her father of sexually molesting both her and her sister when they were children, and attempting to have sex with her as an adult.
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*Her sister [[Faith Berg]] corroborated these claims, but described them in a positive way. Sarah Berg also partially corroborated these claims, noting that: "David, at times, would try to get away with things with his own daughters and he tried it with me when I was a little girl, but I was too young to really know what was going on."
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*In a [[Judgment of Lord Justice Ward|child-custody case]] in the [[United Kingdom]], Berg's granddaughter [[Merry Berg]] testified that Berg sexually molested her when she was a young teenager.
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*Another of Berg's granddaughters, [[Joyanne Treadwell Berg]], spoke on American television about being sexually abused by her grandfather.
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*[[Davida Kelley]], the daughter of [[Sara Kelley]] (nanny for Berg's informally adopted son [[Ricky Rodriguez]]), accused Berg of molesting her in a [[Rolling Stone: The Life and Death of the Chosen One|June 2005 Rolling Stone article]].
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*In the same article, a woman identified as [[Armendria]] alleged that Berg sexually abused her when she was 13 years old.
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Ricky Rodriguez wrote an [[Life with Grandpa - the Mene Story|article]] on the website [[MovingOn|MovingOn.org]] in which he describes Berg's deviant sexual activity involving a number of women and children.
  
 
==Personal family==
 
==Personal family==
[[Image:Berg_Family_1961.jpg|thumb|The Berg Family (1961)]]
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[[Image:Berg_Family_1961.jpg|thumb|230px|The Berg Family (1961)]]
 
David Berg married his first wife, [[Jane Miller]] (known as "Mother Eve" in the Children of God), on 22 July 1944 in Glendale, California. They had four children together:  
 
David Berg married his first wife, [[Jane Miller]] (known as "Mother Eve" in the Children of God), on 22 July 1944 in Glendale, California. They had four children together:  
* [[Deborah Davis|Linda]] (b. 10 September 1945, known as "Deborah" in the Children of God);
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*[[Deborah Davis|Linda]] (b. 10 September 1945, known as "Deborah" in the Children of God);
** m#1. [[John Treadwell]] (known as "Jethro" in the Children of God)
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**m#1. [[John Treadwell]] (known as "[[Jethro]]" in the Children of God)
*** [[Joyanne Treadwell Berg|Joyanne Treadwell]] (b. ~1964)
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***[[Joyanne Treadwell]] (b. ~1964)
** m#2. Bill Davis (known as "Isaiah" in the Children of God)
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**m#2. [[Bill Davis]] (known as "[[Isaiah]]" in the Children of God)
*** Alexander David (b. August 1975)
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***[[Alexander David]] (b. August 1975)
* [[Paul Brandt Berg|Paul Brandt]] (b. 21 June 1947, known as "Aaron" in the Children of God and very ''likely'' committed suicide in April 1973 near Geneva, Switzerland);
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*[[Paul Brandt]] (b. 21 June 1947, known as "Aaron" in the Children of God and very ''likely'' committed suicide in April 1973 near Geneva, Switzerland);
 
** m#1. [[Sarah Berg]] (married to Paul at age 15)
 
** m#1. [[Sarah Berg]] (married to Paul at age 15)
*** Nathan (b. ''circa'' 1970)
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***[[Nathan]] (b. ''circa'' 1970)
*** ''second child''
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***''second child''
** m#2. [[Judy Arlene Helmstetler]] (known as "Shulamite Prophet" in the Children of God)
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**m#2. [[Judy Arlene Helmstetler]] (known as "[[Shulamite Prophet]]" in the Children of God)
*** [[Merry Berg]] (b. 1972, known as "Mene" in the Children of God)
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*** [[Merry Berg]] (b. 1972, known as "[[Mene]]" in the Children of God)
* [[Jonathan Berg|Jonathan Emanuel]] (b. January 1949, known as "Hosea" in the Children of God); and
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* [[Jonathan Emanuel]] (b. January 1949, known as "[[Hosea]]" in the Children of God); and
** m#1. [[Lurana Nolind Berg|Lurana Nolind]] (known as "Esther David" in the Children of God)
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** m#1. [[Lurana Nolind]] (known as "[[Esther David]]" in the Children of God)
 
*** ''six children (five boys, one girl)''
 
*** ''six children (five boys, one girl)''
 
** m#2. "Ruth David"
 
** m#2. "Ruth David"
 
* [[Faith Berg|Faithy]] (b. 2 February 1951)
 
* [[Faith Berg|Faithy]] (b. 2 February 1951)
** m#1. [[Arnold Dietrich]] (also known as "Archbishop Joshua" in the Children of God)
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** m#1. [[Arnold Dietrich]] (also known as "Archbishop Joshua" in the Children of God; married in February of [[1967]])
** m#2. Mike Fischer
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** m#2. [[Juan Carlos Rosas]]
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** m#3. [[Mike Fischer]]
  
 
==Multimedia==
 
==Multimedia==
* [[Image:icon_video.gif|Video]] [http://media.xfamily.org/video/misc/berg_takes_maria.wmv David Berg replaces his original wife, Jane Miller Berg with Karen Zerby] <small>(1.9MB)</small> &mdash; From "The Love Prophet" documentary
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*[[Image:icon_video.gif|Video]] [http://media.xfamily.org/video/misc/berg_takes_maria.wmv David Berg replaces his original wife, Jane Miller Berg with Karen Zerby] <small>(1.9MB)</small> &mdash; From "The Love Prophet" documentary
* [[Image:icon_video.gif|Video]] [http://media.xfamily.org/video/misc/jane_berg.wmv Jane Miller Berg talks about her husband's infidelity] <small>(1.0MB)</small> &mdash; From "The Love Prophet" documentary
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*[[Image:icon_video.gif|Video]] [http://media.xfamily.org/video/misc/jane_berg.wmv Jane Miller Berg talks about her husband's infidelity] <small>(1.0MB)</small> &mdash; From "The Love Prophet" documentary
* [[Image:icon_video.gif|Video]] [http://media.xfamily.org/video/misc/deborah_davis.wmv Deborah Davis on Flirty Fishing and her father David Berg] <small>(1.9MB)</small> &mdash; From ABC 20/20 "To Bring Her Children Home"
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*[[Image:icon_video.gif|Video]] [http://media.xfamily.org/video/misc/deborah_davis.wmv Deborah Davis on Flirty Fishing and her father David Berg] <small>(1.9MB)</small> &mdash; From ABC 20/20 "To Bring Her Children Home"
  
 
===Family publications for children===
 
===Family publications for children===
* [[Image:icon_pdf.gif|PDF]] [http://www.xfamily.org/images/3/35/TK_David_Is.pdf David Is] <small>(1.9MB)</small>
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*[[Image:icon_pdf.gif|PDF]] [http://www.xfamily.org/images/3/35/TK_David_Is.pdf David Is] <small>(1.9MB)</small>
* [[Image:icon_pdf.gif|PDF]] [http://www.xfamily.org/images/f/fc/TK_Many_are_the_Helpers_of_David.pdf Many are the Helpers of David] <small>(0.4MB)</small>
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*[[Image:icon_pdf.gif|PDF]] [http://www.xfamily.org/images/f/fc/TK_Many_are_the_Helpers_of_David.pdf Many are the Helpers of David] <small>(0.4MB)</small>
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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*[[Bergisms]]
 
*[[Bergisms]]
 
*[[Berg and Anti-Semitism]]
 
*[[Berg and Anti-Semitism]]
*[[Berg on Homosexuality]]
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===Berg on...===
*[[Berg on Incest]]
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*[[Berg on Homosexuality|Homosexuality]]
*[[Berg on Pedophilia]]
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*[[Berg on Incest|Incest]]
*[[Berg on Rape]]
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*[[Berg on Pedophilia|Pedophilia]]
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*[[Berg on Rape|Rape]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.thefamily.org/about/davidberg.php Biography of David Berg] &mdash; From The Family's official website
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*[http://www.thefamily.org/about/davidberg.php Biography of David Berg] &mdash; From The Family's official website
* Jones, Paul (1998). [http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/nrms/Family.html "The Family (The Children of God)"] ''New Religious Movements''
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*Jones, Paul (1998). [http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/nrms/Family.html "The Family (The Children of God)"] ''New Religious Movements''
* [[Stephen A. Kent]] (1994). [http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/~skent/Linkedfiles/lustfulprophet.htm Lustful Prophet: A Psychosexual Historical Study of the Children of God's Leader, David Berg] ''Cultic Studies Journal Volume 11 No. 2: 135-188''
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*[[Stephen A. Kent]] (1994). [http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/~skent/Linkedfiles/lustfulprophet.htm Lustful Prophet: A Psychosexual Historical Study of the Children of God's Leader, David Berg] ''Cultic Studies Journal Volume 11 No. 2: 135-188''
  
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Revision as of 01:17, 24 January 2012

David Brandt Berg (February 18, 1919 – October 1994) was the founder and leader of the Children of God, now called The Family International. The group believes he continues to lead them today from beyond the grave (see: prophecy). Pseudonyms Berg is commonly known by (in or outside the group) include Moses David, Mo, King David, Father David, Chairman Mo, David Fontaine, Dad, and Grandpa.

David Berg

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History

Early years (1919 – 1968)

David Berg was born in Oakland, California, USA to Hjalmer Emmanuel Berg and Rev. Virginia Lee Brandt, a Christian evangelist. David was the youngest of three children, with a brother, Hjalmer, born in 1911, and a sister, Virginia, born in September, 1915. Virginia Brandt was the daughter of Dr. Rev. John Lincoln Brandt (1860 – 1946), a preacher, author, and lecturer from Muskogee, Oklahoma. Berg graduated from Monterey High School in California in 1935 and later attended Elliott School of Business Administration.

Between 1948 and 1954, Berg, like his father, became a minister in the Christian and Missionary Alliance and was placed at Valley Farms, Arizona. He was eventually expelled from the organization for differences in teachings and alleged sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old female church employee.

Later, Fred Jordan, Berg's friend and boss, allowed Berg and his personal family to open a branch of his Soul Clinic in Miami, Florida as a missionary training school. After running into trouble with local authorities for his aggressive proselytization methods, Berg moved his family to Fred Jordan's Texas Soul Clinic.

Typical illustration of David Berg. From Love is News-1
Berg with lion drawing over his face


Berg with "Lily Filipina" in the Philippines, mid-1980s

The Children of God/The Family (1968 – 1994)

David Berg founded the new religious movement/cult/missionary organization known as the Children of God in 1968. The group was later known as The Family of Love, The Family, and now The Family International. This group is the primary focus of this website.

As founder and prophetic leader, Berg communicated with his followers via Mo Letters—letters of instruction and counsel on a myriad of subjects. Apart from writings, however, Berg mostly lived in total seclusion and secrecy from his followers. Along with Karen Zerby (whom he took as a common-law second wife in August 1969), Berg is thought to have used a fake Australian passport when traveling. In Family publications, printed photographs of World Services members were typically censored by means of a rudimentary drawing pasted over the persons face, and in Berg's case it was common for his head to be replaced with that of a lion.

Countries where Berg and his entourage have lived over the years include the following:

From Until Location Events
1919-02-18 USA Berg is born
1970-09 1971-06 Europe Visiting Europe, Israel, and Cyprus
1971-06 1972-04 USA Return to the USA; Dallas and Texoma Lake Park
1972-04 1974-05 London, United Kingdom
1974-05 1977-03 Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain FFing, Davidito born, KQC Meetings, Church of Love
1977-03 1978-04 Cascais / Madeira, Portugal and Madrid, Spain The RNR
1978-04 1978-12 Switzerland With Timothy Concerned
1978-12 1981-07 Puyricard (village in Aix-en-Provence), France Techi is born; Berg, et al. live on a farm just outside of Puyricard
1981-07 1981-12 Cape Town, South Africa
1981-12 1982-05 Estoril, Portugal; Sri Lanka; and Singapore
1982-05 1987-11 Antipolo (North of Manila), the Philippines
1987-11 1988-02 Tokyo, Japan area
1988-02 1988-10 Tateyama, Japan
1988-11 1993 (mid-year) Canada (near Vancouver, B.C.) Berg, et al. remain there until mid 1993, when they are forced to flee due to a revived police investigation about their illegal attempts to obtain Canadian passports. During this time Ricky Rodriguez visits Family communities in the U.S. and Australia with Steven Kelly.
1994 1994-10 Costa de Caparica, Portugal Berg dies


Berg died of undisclosed causes in 1994 and was buried in Costa de Caparica, Portugal (his remains have since been cremated). His organization is currently led by Karen Zerby (known in the group as Mama Maria or Queen Maria) and Steven Douglas Kelly (an American commonly known as Peter Amsterdam or King Peter).

Alleged sexual abuse

At least seven women, including both his daughters, his daughter-in-law and two of his granddaughters, have publicly alleged that Berg sexually abused them when they were children.

  • In 1974, Berg's daughter-in-law Sarah Berg (who married Berg's son Paul when she was 15) alleged, in testimony to the New York Attorney General's Charity Frauds Bureau, statements on national television and in a deposition taken by New York attorney Aaron F. Klein, that Berg made sexual advances towards her, exposed himself to her and attempted to have intercourse with her "three or four years before my teens."
  • Berg's eldest daughter Deborah Davis has written a book in which she accuses her father of sexually molesting both her and her sister when they were children, and attempting to have sex with her as an adult.
  • Her sister Faith Berg corroborated these claims, but described them in a positive way. Sarah Berg also partially corroborated these claims, noting that: "David, at times, would try to get away with things with his own daughters and he tried it with me when I was a little girl, but I was too young to really know what was going on."
  • In a child-custody case in the United Kingdom, Berg's granddaughter Merry Berg testified that Berg sexually molested her when she was a young teenager.
  • Another of Berg's granddaughters, Joyanne Treadwell Berg, spoke on American television about being sexually abused by her grandfather.
  • Davida Kelley, the daughter of Sara Kelley (nanny for Berg's informally adopted son Ricky Rodriguez), accused Berg of molesting her in a June 2005 Rolling Stone article.
  • In the same article, a woman identified as Armendria alleged that Berg sexually abused her when she was 13 years old.

Ricky Rodriguez wrote an article on the website MovingOn.org in which he describes Berg's deviant sexual activity involving a number of women and children.

Personal family

The Berg Family (1961)

David Berg married his first wife, Jane Miller (known as "Mother Eve" in the Children of God), on 22 July 1944 in Glendale, California. They had four children together:

Multimedia

Family publications for children

See also

Berg on...

External links

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