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

This Is My Story


My parent’s prayers were being answered for me after several years of rebellion. Through a series of unusual circumstances I transferred from a large state university in Indiana to a Bible college in Tennessee. While attending a morning Bible conference on April 27, 1972 I was convicted of my sin and responded to the invitation following the sermon. I was wondrously saved and surrendered to the ministry at the same time. I spent two and a half more years in Bible College and upon graduation I began looking for a church that would call me to be their pastor. I soon began to realize that no one was interested in a twenty-one year old novice.

Turn Off Your Phone


A few years ago I wrote an article entitled “Answer the Phone.” Sadly still there are pastors who do not answer their phone or promptly reply to important messages. I still implore every pastor to make himself available to his flock and to respond promptly to its needs. As times have changed with the expansion of smartphones a new problem has resulted. There are people, including pastors that have become addicted to their phone. They can’t put it down. I know some individuals that actually sleep with their phone. I have witnessed people that have almost had a panic attack when they lost their phone. The cell phone is a great invention, but it comes with many risks. The internet, which now can be accessed on a smartphone, provides many exposures to sin that before was relatively unavailable. This modern invention has contributed to the breakup of couples, the waywardness of teenagers and even strongholds of addiction that can lead to disastrous consequences.

You Can’t Help Everyone


Every new church begins with great anticipation for success and the hope that this new ministry will resonate with the community. Hopefully people will respond by getting saved and enthusiastically becoming a part of the new church. Unfortunately, the reality is that many people will visit and not return. Some will come for a short time and then drop out. Others will come for several years. But for various reasons they leave.