The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Mildred Berg, ELCA laywoman, dies

Mildred M. Berg, 83, an ELCA laywoman who held leadership roles in the ELCA and the former American Lutheran Church, died Feb. 6 in Boynton Beach, Fla.

“Her dedication to the life, work and well-being of the whole church—locally, nationally, internationally—was unbounded,” said ELCA Secretary Lowell Almen. He said Berg “was not hesitant to express her own viewpoints” and “served in tremendously strategic ways in the early life of the ELCA.”

Berg chaired the board of trustees for the ELCA Board of Pensions from 1987 to 1993. She also served on the board of regents of Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. Previously she served on the Church Council and Board of Trustees of the ALC, an ELCA predecessor. At the time of her death, she was a board member of the American Bible Society.

“Ms. Berg represented a string of firsts in terms of women breaking through the glass ceiling,” said Mary Faith Nesmith, pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, Boynton Beach, where Berg was a member. “She was one of the first women to work on Wall Street as executive vice president of Seaman’s Bank for Savings. Her career spanned 30 years.”


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