Ron Crecelius was born on March 3, 1921 in Columbus, Indiana. In 1947, he married his college sweetheart, Divonna, and in 1948 he graduated from George Fox. He was a member of the Four Flats Quartet. In 1955 he received a masters degree from Western Evangelical Seminary. He was later granted an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Western Evangelical Seminary in 1981. In 1956, he, along with the other Four Flats members, joined World Vision to serve on missions trips in Asia and the United States. He was the chaplain at George Fox College for 14 years, retiring in 1985. He was chosen as one of the graduation speakers for the 1985 graduation ceremony. Before his time at Fox, Crecelius pastored churches in Oregon, Washington, and California. He was pastor and director of admissions at Brown Military Academy in California. Crecelius also served as chaplain to the Civil Air Patrol from 1962. He passed away on October 21, 2005.