COVENANT QUARTET’S MISSION
In the spring of 1997, Mike Freeman, Terry Key, Greg Gable, and Bill Anderson got together at Palace Union Church at Plato, Missouri and had a jam session. This has happened many times in the past, and it will happen in the future. A group of friends get together and sing and have a good time. Sometimes this is as far as it goes. A good time singing and nothing comes of it. But this time God had other plans. This was the beginning of a ministry, not just a singing group. This was the beginning of Covenant Quartet.
With Terry Key on the piano singing lead, Mike Freeman singing tenor, Greg Gable singing baritone, and Bill Anderson singing an extremely low bass part, these guys were an excellent old-time quartet. They astonished audiences with their renditions of songs by the Blackwood Brothers, the Statesmen, and the list goes on. However, it was not just their ability to sing that made them a stand out group, but how the anointing of the Holy Spirit worked through them to touch the hearts of those that were listening.
As with almost any organization, personnel changes eventually occur. There have been numerous talented men that have shared in the ministry over the years. After Terry Key’s departure other talented individuals have had a part in this ministry. Men like Bob Moore, Mike James, Stanley Jones, and finally Neil Walters whom is currently serving as baritone singer for the group. Then in the fall of 2017 Bill Anderson became ill, so the group called on Kent Mathes to fill in singing bass. As Bill’s heath conditioned worsened, Kent continued singing with the group. In November of 2018, with the passing of Bill Anderson, Kent Mathes joined the group singing bass. In addition, Sally Mathes, Kent’s talented wife began playing the keyboards for the group, bringing back the ability to sing with four voices and a piano, the way quartets did it in the beginning.
2nd Peter chapter 1 verse 10 says, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” The individuals that currently make up Covenant Quartet have been serving the Lord singing the gospel for many decades. They all feel strongly that God has called them to spread gospel using Southern Gospel music as a tool to reach others. In Matthew chapter 28 verse19, Jesus said, “ Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” There’s an old saying that farmers use that says you have to make hay while the sun shines. Covenant Quartet is determined to share the gospel with others while the sun is still shining in their lives.
Covenant Quartet……. Giving God All the Glory!