Br Alva Barnett was born September 26, 1927 in Brisbane, Queensland. He was the 10th child in a family of 11. Alva’s mother taught all her children to love God and Alva grew up attending the SDA church. Alva married Grace Jean Burley at the Yandina SDA church on June 21, 1950. During the year 1960, the SDA Reform Movement, represented by Br C. P. Haynes and Br S. Rendell and family visited and studied for many hours with Br Alva. Along with a group of others, Br and Sr Barnett were fellowshipped into the Reform Movement in 1961. With their growing family of five children, which later extended to seven, the Barnett Family attended the Clayfield, Queensland church every second Sabbath for 25 years where Br Barnett served as Elder and Church/Field Leader. He also conducted business as a builder in the Nambour area for over 40 years, making many friends and encouraging as many as possible to make a commitment with their Heavenly Father.
On retirement from the building trade, Br Barnett worked full-time in the Bible work giving training to younger Bible Workers. He travelled many times to places all over Queensland visiting the church flock as well as two world trips involving SDARM General Conferences. He was happy to be involved in taking literature to Korea which saw the start of the Reform Movement in that country.
He leaves behind many physical monuments which he has helped to build, including the buildings at Elim Heights Youth Camp, Clayfield, Uranquinty and Woombye Churches.
Sadly, Br Alva was diagnosed in April 2009 with two brain tumours which took his life. He was nursed at home by his family and died on July 18, 2009. Two hundred and fifty relatives, friends and other acquaintances who had been influenced by his Godly witness, gathered on July 22, 2009 to pay their last respects, where he is now buried in the Kulangoor Lawn Cemetery near Nambour, Queensland. He died in the hope of his Lord’s soon return and to live in a Heavenly home where there will be no more pain or death.