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

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.”

The Virtues of Church Planting


Starting churches is the Biblical way to evangelize the unreached people of the world. It was through church planting that the early church in Acts fulfilled the Great Commission and spread the gospel throughout the Mediterranean region. The result of that great evangelistic endeavor was the salvation of souls and the establishment of autonomous churches. Through church planting the gospel spread throughout the Roman Empire to such an extent that by the fourth century the emperor of Rome converted to Christianity in order to keep his political power.

Office Work


A pastor must guard against spending too much time doing office work. Visitation is the number one priority for a new church planter. However, accurate record keeping and updating documents is a necessary aspect of the ministry. Seldom is a new church able to afford a secretary to do office work therefore it will be necessary for the pastor or his wife to handle this task.