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

Growing the Pastor


Every church planter hopes to have a great attendance. It is a worthy cause to reach as many people as possible and every church planter should seek to reach as many people as possible. However, making attendance the primary goal can be a dangerous policy.

Is Church Planting More Difficult Today?


Church planters frequently ask the question, “Is church planting more difficult today than it was in the seventies?” Everyone that has ever started a church will readily admit that church planting is never easy regardless of where and when it is conducted.

A Big Fish in a Small Pond


On rare occasions new churches start with mature believers but most often a new church attracts people who are newly saved or who have struggles with personal issues. There is nothing wrong with reaching the poor and the down and out since the purpose of a new church is to win the lost, reclaim backsliders and encourage those that have been forgotten.