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

Dissolution of the Church


The great need of the hour is to start new churches in needy areas with the goal being that every new church plant be successful. But not all new churches survive more than a few years. The plan is for every new church to grow and be a lighthouse for many decades but the reality is that all churches do not survive.

Big Attendance—Low Offering


It would make sense when the church has a big attendance day that the offering would also be big and when the church experiences a low attendance that the offering would be low. However, many times the opposite is true. Often when a big day is planned and the church is filled with excitement the offering for the day is disappointing.

The Pastor's Salary


One of the many blessings in the ministry is getting paid to serve the Lord. Historically, in colonial America most of the Baptist preachers received no salary while often pastoring more than one church. Usually these men were farmers and their support came from the farm with the help of their spouse and children. Today most preachers expect to get paid for their service and most do get paid for it. When I initially began preaching and received a love offering for doing so I was shocked that I was given a love offering. I would have been willing to pay someone else for the opportunity to preach the gospel; I did not expect to get paid for preaching.