Beautiful King Cove
Earl is a native of Hendersonville, NC. He was saved at 12 years of age in 1950. He was called to preach on July 5, 1959. He was ordained in the ministry by Mountain Home Independent Baptist Church after graduation from Bob Jones University in 1963. Joan is from Batavia, Iowa. They met while students at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.
They were married June 6, 1964 and have four children. Letha, their oldest, is married to John Tachick. They are actively involved in Birch Harbor Baptist Church in Wasilla, Alaska where John serves as Chairman of the Deacons and Letha is the Educational Director. They have three daughters, Stephanie, Alyssa and Tiffany.
Bettina, their second daughter, is married to Jeff Shue. They are missionaries serving on the border between the USA and Mexico with Valley Independent Baptist Missions, a ministry they founded in Donna, Texas. They have a daughter, Meagan, who is married to Mario Olmedo and they have a daughter, Olivia.
Yetta, their third daughter, is married to Brent Miller. Brent and Yetta have served the Lord for more than 10 years at Grace Baptist Church in Muncie, Indiana. Brent is Youth Pastor and Yetta is Kindergarten teacher in their Christian School.
Joel is married to Alice White and they live in Greer, South Carolina. They are very active in their church Second Presbyterian (PCA). Joel serves as both deacon and elder. He is Coatings Specialist at BMW Manufacturing in Greer, South Carolina. He is responsible for new color introduction and pre-series color match on all models. He also is Global Project Leader for color match harmonization in China and South Africa. They have a son, Geoffrey. All of the Barnett children are graduates of Bob Jones University.
In addition to serving as pastor, Earl served the Lord in various leadership capacities of the Alaska Baptist Association for over 20 years. Prior to returning to King Cove, he served for 17 years on the Board of Trustees of Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. He presently serves on the Executive Board of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International and is the State Coordinator of the Alaska Regional of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International.
After serving at Soldotna Baptist Church for 25 years, the Barnett's entered into a unique threefold ministry. Three months out of the year they would be involved in Midnight Sun Ministries in Alaska. MSM is a summer mission team ministry in bush Alaska staffed by college age students. There have been over 60 students involved in this ministry. Three months out of the year they would minister at the Valley Independent Baptist Missions headquarters in Donna, Texas and six months a year they were in itinerate ministry representing VIBM as Field Representative. They continued this ministry for 9 years until they came to minister again in King Cove. In the ministry as VIBM's Field Representative they pulled a 34-foot travel trailer over 100,000 miles, speaking in mission meetings in 200 plus churches.