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

Why People Leave a Church


Many people and organizations have conducted studies concerning why people leave a church. Though all reasons people leave a church are not good, there are some good reasons for leaving a church. Sometimes members relocate because of their work. For example, people in the military move often resulting in brief stays in a churches. Sometimes people relocate when they retire. Some people return back to their roots when they retire, while others are seeking a more affordable location enabling them to meet their needs on their retirement income. It is a blessing when young people leave to attend Bible college or when a young family goes to a mission field or starts a church. Though every person will be missed it is understandable when young men and women leave to enter the ministry full time.

Five to Nine


Nine to five are the typical work hours of the average American. Which means, assuming one is paid for lunch time, they would work a forty hour week. At times there may be additional hours of overtime, either mandatory or volunteer, which would increase the work week slightly. Also, some occupations require second or third shift hours, but this nine to five schedule is universally considered the norm.

The Church Planter's Children


Church planting creates a wonderful environment for rearing children to serve the Lord. The next generation of Christian servants can come from various kinds of backgrounds and homes, but no home is more conducive to train future leaders than that of the church planter. Children can turn out good or bad from any environment depending on the commitment of the parents and the working of God in the children's lives. But the home of a church planter offers a unique opportunity for rearing children to have a heart for ministry.