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

Receiving Gracefully


Although there are many difficult struggles in the ministry there are also countless special blessings. Every church has its givers and takers. The takers demand attention, but we must be careful not to overlook the blessings provided by the givers. The givers will perform many acts of kindness for the preacher and his family and these acts of kindness should be acknowledged either privately or publicly by the preacher.

When You Don't Know What to Do


There will be many times during a pastors' tenure that he will not know what to do. He may not know how to lead his church to the next level, or he may not know what to do about a particular problem in the church, or he may not know what to do as he faces a specific trial. Over time there will be many situations where a church planter will be uncertain about his next step. Where does he turn and what does he do in uncertain circumstances?

Pastoral Visits


There are certain times that people expect the pastor to visit them such as when they are in the hospital. The purpose of this visit is primarily to let them know you love and care for them. Sometimes members may be fearful that their medical condition is life threatening. You, the pastor, can bring comfort to them in this time of crisis. Though it may be difficult to know what to say or what to do, your mere presence can be a calming influencing upon them.