Virginia Brandt Berg (1886-1968)
Radio Evangelist and Teacher
Rev. Virginia Lee Brandt Berg was a Christian evangelist, and mother of David Brandt Berg. She is the daughter of Rev. Dr. John Lincoln Brandt and Nina Lee Marquis, and wife of Hjalmer Emmanuel Berg. She was born on May 27, 1886 in Ronceverte, West Virginia and died on March 15, 1968 in California. She descended from German immigrants who settled in America in 1745. She was related to Robert E. Lee, the Civil War general.
She was about to get married to Bruce Bogart, cousin of Humphrey, when a talented Swedish singer stole her heart with his songs, after which they promptly eloped. The Swede Hjalmer Berg then was converted during one of her father's services, and turned into a staunch believer himself. Virginia was disappointed, but stayed with him. Hjalmar was saved by his father-in-law's preaching and started studying theology in Des Moines, Iowa.
In 1913, she gave birth to their first child, Hjalmar Jr. Immediately after the birth of her first baby, she was carried from the car and dropped by accident. She broke her back in several places on the curb. She was in a 5 year deathbed but after united prayer was finally miraculously healed in an instant.
Mr. and Mrs. Berg's newfound Pentecostalism caused them to be thrown out of their church organization. They instead became freelance preachers. Mrs. Berg later became a relatively famous American Pentecostal preacher.