Dr. 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.
The Apostle Paul and his co-laborers, Priscilla and Aquila, made tents while pursuing their primary goal of preaching the Gospel. "And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers." - Acts 18:3 The New Testament leads us to believe that Paul worked a secular job in Galatia, Corinth, Thessalonica, and Ephesus (1 Th. 2:9; 2 Th. 3:7-8; Acts 20:31-35; 1 Cor. 4:12; 9:6). He used his skill of making tents to carry him into some very difficult mission fields and into areas, such as Corinth, dominated by commerce. Paul did not want his new converts to think he was laboring just for financial support. As a result he often received no monetary compensation for his spiritual labor (2 Corinthians 11:9). However, he did eventually teach his new believers their responsibility to support those that ministered to them the Word of God (1 Corinthians 9:6-11).
Financial management is a very important element of planting a church. Perhaps the leading cause of failure in new church plants is linked directly to a lack of finances or the mismanagement of them. Obtaining the necessary funds and managing them is crucial to a successful church plant. In the past there were many churches established without the aid of financial support or without the aid of the church planter working a job. Getting a job, whether part time or full time, may become a necessity. Although many churches have been started while the pastor worked a full time job, garnering monthly support from sister churches can be a big blessing. It can be difficult spending a year or two getting support, but in the end most men with full support soon experience more growth in the church than those working a job.
Throughout history God has always had His man to stand in the gap. During the later part of the twentieth century Grant Rice was that man God used to start churches and influence church planters in America. The majority of men who started churches during this time period were either helped directly or at least indirectly, by this man of God. Brother Rice was a very humble man and in an unassuming manner crossed the United States every year helping start churches and counseling young men on how to start and build a new church.