Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


Church Planting

Bob McKeever Portrait SmallDr. Robert McKeever was a native New Englander, born and reared in Bangor, Maine. At the age of seven, he was led to the Lord by a missionary church planter Bill White, who founded the Bible Baptist Church in Bangor.

While attending Bible College, Dr. McKeever planted his first church in Scottsboro, Alabama. During the next thirty years God used Dr. McKeever to start several churches in New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.At the height of his ministry in 2004, Dr. McKeever was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was serving at that time as director of New England School of the Bible, a ministry of Central Baptist Church in Southington, Connecticut; New England director for Baptist International Missions, coordinator for the Church Planting Schools conducted all over North America; and preaching at several mission conferences each year.

On October 31, 2005, after a long painful struggle with cancer, Dr. McKeever went home to be with the Lord. His life and testimony were a powerful influence on young people, preachers, and all Christians who were privileged to know him.

To honor the life-long ministry of Dr. Robert McKeever, this site is dedicated to the advancement of two ministries that were closest to his heart: church planting and revival.

Recent Articles

Too Much Month Not Enough Money


Financial management is a very important element of planting a church. Perhaps the leading cause of failure in new church plants is linked directly to a lack of finances or the mismanagement of them. Obtaining the necessary funds and managing them is crucial to a successful church plant. In the past there were many churches established without the aid of financial support or without the aid of the church planter working a job. Getting a job, whether part time or full time, may become a necessity. Although many churches have been started while the pastor worked a full time job, garnering monthly support from sister churches can be a big blessing. It can be difficult spending a year or two getting support, but in the end most men with full support soon experience more growth in the church than those working a job.

Church Planters You Should Know - Part 3: Grant G. Rice


Throughout history God has always had His man to stand in the gap. During the later part of the twentieth century Grant Rice was that man God used to start churches and influence church planters in America. The majority of men who started churches during this time period were either helped directly or at least indirectly, by this man of God. Brother Rice was a very humble man and in an unassuming manner crossed the United States every year helping start churches and counseling young men on how to start and build a new church.

Church Planters You Should Know - Part 3: Elder John Waller


Many godly preachers influenced the moral fiber of Colonial America. Some of these men did the work of an evangelist, others filled the office of a pastor, and many traveled extensively proclaiming the truths of the gospel of Christ. The eighteenth century church in this new world was dominated by a state-church mentality. As a result, Baptists and separatists were not granted religious freedom. Many of these early preachers defied the order to join and support the state approved church. The result was persecution and imprisonment. Within this context of severe trials brave men of deep conviction followed their conscience and the leading of the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel, defying the orders of the state authorities.