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

Make a Joyful Noise


In Psalm one hundred verse one the writer admonishes believers to, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Christians can heed this advice through playing instruments or through singing, especially in the church services. Music is an important part of any church, especially a new church. In a new church there will be many challenges to establishing a well-balanced music program. Music reveals a lot about the church’s belief system.

The Philosophy of Church Planting, Part 2


There are several misconceptions that hinder church planting today in the United States. First, the average church today has a misconception of what constitutes a mission field. We have reduced missions today to geography. Missions is not geography! Missions is people! Why do we differentiate and use the terms home missions or foreign missions.

The Philosophy of Church Planting, Part 1


In Acts 1:8 the Bible states, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” A basic study of the Bible reveals that the church is under orders to go into all the world with the gospel. It is a direct command from our Lord and Savior. Every New Testament church has been commissioned to go. It is not something that the local church would have to vote on. It is a command that the local church must obey. Every member of the local New Testament church is to be a missionary who takes the gospel to a lost world. The proper way to understand church planting is to recognize that “churches plant churches.”