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.

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When a disaster or crisis strikes it always comes without warning and in an inconvenient time. Though emergencies cannot be planned they should be expected because it is inevitable that they will come. Sometimes these emergencies require immediate attention and the pastor’s regular schedule must be interrupted. A church family may need emotional, physical and certainly spiritual support and the preacher should become available to help immediately. Sometimes a community crisis provides an opportunity to show the love of Christ and present the gospel to hurting souls when otherwise it may not be possible. Also, the preacher’s own family may experience problems that require immediate attention. In all of these situations the preacher must put on everything else on hold to address this most pressing problem.

Plodding Along


Who wins the race in the fairy tale of the tortoise and the hare? Of course everyone knows the tortoise won by consistently plodding along while the hare, though much faster, got off course and was distracted to the point he lost to a much slower competitor. I am not making allowances for slothfulness, but there have been many flashes of greatness in church planting that quickly fizzle. Consistency and determination are both necessary ingredients to build a church. There will be difficult times in every ministry and it will be necessary to weather the storm of adversity. Plodding along is sometimes necessary to get the job done.



Church planting is about winning souls, discipling new believers, and training men and women to serve the Lord. The great commission involves sending out laborers into the harvest field and preaching the gospel to those who have never heard. In order for this to be accomplished young men and women need to surrender to the ministry. Every church should be reaching the regions beyond, but it is impossible unless the church is extended by young men and women surrendering to full-time ministry. One of the greatest phases of church planting is when members of your church are ordained to the gospel ministry and sent out to needy areas to build and establish churches. Sadly, there are many churches that never experience this wonderful event.