Stephen Peter Berg

20 décembre 195113 septembre 2021

Stephen Peter Berg, 69, of Arlington, VA went to be with his Creator, his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on September 13, 2021. He was born to Clayton and Jo Ann Berg on December 20, 1950, in Dallas TX. Stephen was raised by missionary parents in San Jose, Costa Rica, and was the eldest of three children.

A graduate of Miami-Dade Community College and Florida Atlantic University (with a major in history and a minor English), Steve also did post-graduate Christian Studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1980 he moved to Arlington, VA. Following several years working in the White House, preparing correspondence for the President, he later joined the National Prayer Breakfast organization, retiring in early 2021.

Steve was known for his kindness and his sense of humor, was a highly valued friend to many, and a very engaged part of his church family at St. Mary Orthodox. He was a wonderful uncle to his nephews and nieces, who loved him dearly. He read extensively on many subjects, was an excellent writer and editor, and loved many styles of music with special interest in classical music and singing in choirs.

Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Jo Ann Schell Berg. He is survived by his 93 yr. old father Clayton Berg of Penney Farms, FL, sisters Catherine Berg Greig (Gary) of Aliso Viejo, CA, and Joan Berg Yoder (Ron) of Lincoln, NE. He is also survived by four nieces and nephews—Kristen Yoder Strom (William), Jonathan Greig, Rivkah Greig, and Michael Yoder, and by grandnephews Angus Strom and Duncan Strom.

Also surviving are an aunt, Barbara Berg Olivas (Robert) and ten cousins—Donald Schell, Nannette Schell Notor, Peter Schell, Melinda Schell, David Robinson, Carol Robinson Middleton, Martha Robinson Wood, Jack Robinson, Carrie Olivas Kuliev, and Craig Olivas. His cousin Paul Robison preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at St Mary Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA on Saturday September 18, 2021, at 11:00 am, followed by a graveside service at Columbia Gardens Cemetery at 3411 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Mary Orthodox Church on 7223 Roosevelt Ave. in Falls Church, VA.



Stephen Peter Berg


Todd Sedmak

20 septembre , 2021

To me, Steve was a humble man of faith! Thankful for his example!

TJ Mann

19 septembre , 2021

Berg was the embodiment of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. He was faithful and humble. He was prayerful and discerning. He was honest and wise. He was responsible and grateful. Berg was a true servant and a blessing to know as a co-laborer and friend. Even though he will be missed by me and so many others for years to come, we rejoice knowing our Lord’s choir is more majestic with the addition of his voice as he sings continual praises to our King.

David Thacker

18 septembre , 2021

“The eagle has landed”
Well done faithful servant and friend, well done.

Christian Grewing

18 septembre , 2021

Steven Moore mentioned "Thousands of international guests", who have come to the National Prayer Breakfast over the years.
I was one of them.
Steve Berg was one of the first people I got to know when I first came to Arlington during the summer in 1990. Then I came back a year later and ran into Steve again, leading up to first experiences together around the 1992 NPB. Since then, we had numerous encounters, interacting to coordinate regarding the German delegation. Steve was tremendously patient, surprising me again and again with his focus on getting things done and making possible what he possibly could - serving us perfectly. Few words, much effect.

I am reminded of Markus 9:35 - and therefore am so glad for Steve, joining in with Stan: Rejoice in the Lord, Steve!

Thank you for all that you have done for us Germans, Steve, readily and faithfully, over so many years. It meant a lot and very often made the difference. Love you, Brother -
looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Yusuke Yoshioka

17 septembre , 2021

Just a few months ago, we talked about going to Hawaii together to see our NPB mother, Gail who always made lunch for us…
I will never forget the 18 years I spent with you dealing with Embassies and international guests at the office.
I will never forget that when I returned to the office every January, you, knowing my weak points, kindly always made special arrangements for me.
I will always remember the many fun stories we talked in your car on the way back to Arlington from the office.
I'll never forget walking to the Clarendon station after heavy snowstorm, holding hands and laughing so much.

Next January, I might end up buying the Japanese snacks you liked and taking them to DC with me as usual.
We will miss you my friend,

Trina Gonzalez

16 septembre , 2021

Steve was always a staple at the Prayer Breakfasts. Everyone knew him, and everyone loved him. He knew so much but was also personable. Amidst his sometimes intimidating exterior during intense prep, he had a joke, a smile, or a way to brighten things up. I will never forget him! Perhaps one of the most faithful and memorable souls I will remember!

Steven Moore

16 septembre , 2021

Jesus said this: "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Our dear friend Steve conformed his life to that standard. He was so diligent and talented -- and yet he was unfailingly gentle and humble. Thousands of international guests to our National Prayer Breakfast were the beneficiaries of his care and understanding over the years. He always seemed to be 'at rest' even when he was working very hard -- DC would be such a better city if we followed the path of Jesus that Steve walked every day.

Stan Holmes

16 septembre , 2021

Steve Berg is one of the smartest, kindest and most disciplined people I have ever known. In my world view, he still IS so I refer to him in the present as well as the past.
Steve knew more details about more topics than anybody around and was willing to express thoughts, but only if it seemed that others in the conversation were interested in knowing more. Even then, he would usually wait until someone asked for his input before he would offer it.
It took me years to stop being surprised at the amount of information he had stored away in that amazing brain of his. He didn’t just remember facts, but would have some insight into certain related issues that would broaden the hearer’s understanding or perspective on the person, place or events.
Steve, like all of us, is one of a kind! But he is one who marked the people who were near him. Those who had the good fortune to notice and get to know Steve found a unique and beautiful gem.
Rejoice in the Lord, Steve! You are missed and loved!

Elaine Mitchem

16 septembre , 2021

I will deeply miss my dear friend, Steve, who I sat 6 feet from for 16 years at the prayer breakfast office. I couldn’t have done it without all his incredible knowledge and partnership over the years. There was a lot of laughter and partaking of meals together as well as the occasional treat of hearing his beautiful baritone singing voice. You were one of a kind, my friend, and you are greatly missed!

Anuliina Santry

16 septembre , 2021

This photo was taken in our neighborhood a day after Steve’s passing. It reminds me of him, and how he often took walks here and we had a chance to chat.

We remember Steve as a faithful friend and neighbor. While working at the NPB office I remember Steve listening to classical and choral music. It took me by surprise that he also liked Bob Dylan’s music. Steve had broad interests, a curious mind and a kind heart.

May we all be comforted in knowing that Steve walked towards light and he is with Jesus now.