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Covenant Four Quartet Members


John and Winnie Crew, founding members (1963)

John Crew and his wife Winnie provided the impetus that created the Quartet in 1963 and held it together for 50 years. Winne not only accompanied the Quartet on the piano, but she did most of the arrangements and coordinated the concerts/tours.

John Crew, bass 

John's rumbling bass voice provides the foundation of the Quartet and Winnie is the Quartet's accompanist. John was a highly respected vascular surgeon in San Francisco where he pioneered an alternative technique for the treatment of blocked arteries and was instrumental in developing new surgical equipment and techniques.  John and Winnie attended the San Francisco Covenant Church, where the quartet began.

John Crew  had a stroke and went to be with the Lord.on 1/12/17. 


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Fred Porter, baritone 

Fred Porter, who sang 2nd Tenor for the Covenant Four for 23 years, rejoined the Quartet as its Baritone on June 12, 2004.  Fred spent a large part of his other life as a self-employed painting and decorating contractor and more recently has been working for the Neighborhood Church in Castro Valley.  Fred has sung in Christian groups since he was 17, and really enjoyed his second time around with the quartet.  Fred lives in Castro Valley and is a life-long resident of the East Bay. 

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Bud Willadsen, first tenor 

Bud Willadsen became the latest Covenant Four first tenor, when Elbert Ennes passed the mantel at a Quartet Christmas concert in 2006. Bud and his wife Meg have been very active in the Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley's musical productions (Fred and Keith also sang with Bud there for a number of years), and more recently they have been attending the Church of the Valley, in San Ramon. Bud has also sung with the 130 member Blackhawk Chorus.  Bud has his own business installing window treatments and they live in San Ramon.

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Keith Sutton, second tenor 

Keith Sutton was the last second tenor in the Quartet, replacing Fred when he "retired" in June 2000.  Keith designed and maintains the Quartet's website and takes the photographs that are used for the Quartet site and new CD covers. Keitih has recently retired from his position as Business Development Director for the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA). Keith grew up singing in choirs and solos.  Keith and his wife Diane live in Fairview near Hayward and are attending of The Fathersr House church in Dublin.

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Jack Martens, string bass

Jack Martens accompanied the Quartet on string bass since 1975.  He recently retired after 36 years as an instrumental music teacher at the Ben Franklin Middle School in San Francisco where he received many commendations and his bands performed at many public concerts and civic functions. Jack's wife Cora was also a music teacher and they live in the East Bay community of Pleasant Hill.  They have been enjoying touring the USA in a motor home and teaching part-time..

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Elbert Enns, first tenor to vocal coach

Elbert Enns (first tenor to vocal coach) was with the Quartet for 27 years ( 1986 - 2007 and 1969  - 1976). He has been a school teacher, a missionary, a businessman and a Certified Public Account, and has also been involved for many years in church music. Elbert and his wife Lorna were long-time residents of Castro Valley and Lorna has retired from a long career as a real estate broker in the area.  Elbert and Lorna have also retiried and are now living in the California foothills. 

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