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.
I have often thought it would be helpful if a seasoned pastor could come to my church and evaluate our entire ministry. If that were possible I would want him to sit in our services, observe our Sunday School classes, inspect our buildings, and review our finances along with a review of every function of our church. I would hope to discover if we could do anything better and if he had ideas and suggestions that could be incorporated into our church. I believe such a review would have been helpful to our church but also for every new church.
Starting and pastoring a church comes with many challenges that will test the fortitude of any pastor, therefore he must be well equipped for these difficulties. How can a young preacher know what to do when he faces one of these problems? The preacher must learn how to figure out what to do. While growing up on the farm I was taught how to figure things out when something broke down or something didn't work. When you couldn't call someone to fix a problem you just had to figure out how to fix it yourself. I have found this skill extremely valuable in the ministry. The ministry presents many situations where we just don't know what to do and rather than quit we just have to figure out how to solve the problem. There are many problems a new church planter will face, but I have listed a few of the ones that I believe are most prominent.
Job informs us that heavenly beings praise our Lord and Creator. "When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" -- Job 38:7. Our God is a musical God and He gave man the ability to sing as well as make music with instruments. God intends for man to use music to worship Him as Scripture reveals that it was an important part of the worship service at the temple. Also, the Levitical tribes designated temple musicians and singers, offering their praises to God. During the time of the kings we see how David played the harp for King Saul when he was depressed. David also wrote most of the songs in Psalms. In fact, music is found throughout all of history and it still is an important facet of the Christian community.