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

Critiquing Criticism


Every leader must recognize that they are vulnerable to criticism and acknowledge it is part of being a leader. Many times criticism is unfair or unjustified and it can have a negative impact upon a young preacher who is not prepared for it. The ministry is difficult enough without critics but every preacher must learn how to deal with this problem.

The First Service


When it’s time to hold your first service, remember there can only be one “First Service.” Everything you have done in the previous months has led up to this special day and you will want to do everything in your power to make this day a success. The community will form its first impressions of this new church based upon this special day. First impressions are lasting, therefore do your best to impress your community. Visitors are obviously looking for something in their life or they wouldn’t be there, so give them an experience of real Christianity.

The Greatest Pastor In America


Recently a pastoral friend stated to my wife that he thought I was the greatest pastor in America. In addition, only days apart an evangelist said he would trust me with all his possessions, even his family. Those statements were flattering, but it caused me to think about the importance of the pastor’s reputation.