Karen Zerby is the spiritual and administrative co-director of the Family International, a Christian fellowship dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. Active in the movement since 1969, she is the author of numerous articles on the Christian faith life.
Born in Camden, New Jersey on July 31, 1946, Karen Zerby met the organization (then known as the Children of God) in 1969, while residing in Tucson, Arizona and subsequently joined in Huntington Beach, California. She became a secretary to its founder, David Brandt Berg (1919-1994), and eventually his wife and companion for 25 years until his passing in 1994.
Karen assumed the oversight of the Family International after the death of David. Her current husband, Steve Kelly, serves as co-administrative and spiritual director. Karen oversees the inspirational writings that form the basis of Family theological and devotional study. (More on Karen Zerby)
Since 1994, the Family International has undergone much innovation and progress, both theologically and structurally. The widespread use of prophecy was introduced in 1996, both for revelatory and private use of the members. Christian meditation has also been adopted as a practice of the organization. The movement continues to emphasize mission and humanitarian work around the world.