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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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.

Take Time to Be Holy


Starting a church requires great initiative and hard work. Numerous tasks will keep the church planter busy from morning till night. Some of the tasks include finding a place to meet, preparing and distributing promotional materials, coordinating visiting groups, and knocking on doors. In addition to all the church tasks a preacher must find time for his family. The pressure of balancing all of the pressing tasks can be daunting. There never seems to be enough time to finish all of the tasks needed to be accomplished.

Teaching Faithfulness


Faithfulness is a vanishing character trait. It has not only affected American culture as a whole but the culture of the church as well. It seems members are missing church with increased frequency. Vacations, family visits, illnesses, hobbies, and many other conflicts are hindering faithfulness to the church services. More people, gone more often, means fewer in attendance on any given Sunday which results is a lower average attendance in church. What can be done, if anything, to improve faithfulness in church attendance and Christian service?