Everett married his high school sweetheart, Nel, on December 17, 1939. They started married life on his family’s farm in rural Union County, Iowa. During that time, a neighbor invited Everett and Nel to meetings at the Baptist church in Creston, and he accepted Christ as his Savior at age 21. Shortly after that, he felt called to full-time ministry.
In 1954 Everett graduated from Omaha Bible Institute and was ordained by First Baptist Church in Creston. He went on to minister in 13 churches, including Saylorville Church, Des Moines, Iowa; First Baptist Church, Eldora, Iowa; and Cedar Street Baptist Church, Tipton, Iowa.
Everett and Nel were foster parents with Baptist Children’s Home, fostering over 40 children in their home until they could be placed in permanent homes. For the last 10 years of his career, he was a field representative for the organization. He and Nel traveled many miles raising money for Baptist Children’s Home and telling others about its ministry.
In his retirement years, Everett preached monthly at chapel services and served on the Christian ministries committee at his residence, Millpond Retirement Community in Ankeny.