Berg earned an undergraduate degree in Bible (1974) and an M.A. degree in Theology (1976) from Bob Jones University; he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Tabernacle Baptist Theological Seminary (Virginia Beach, Virginia). Jim Berg has taught seminars on biblical counseling and leadership development coordinated through fundamentalist Protestant churches.
Berg has served as Dean of Students at Bob Jones University since 1981 and currently teaches the freshman Orientation course there. His wife, Pat, also teaches at BJU and assists him in his counseling ministry. They have three daughters.
Berg's book, Changed into His Image, has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, Russian, and Chinese. Of it, Roy B. Zuck, editor of Bibliotheca Sacra, writes that "it is filled with extensive discussions of Bible passages dealing with various aspects of spirituality and with numerous practical illustrations of real-life situations. These evidence Berg's long-time ministry in working with college students and speaking in Bible conferences. Biblical Viewpoint notes that Berg "has done his exegetical homework" in Created for His Glory, and his "words are direct and simple.