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

Planning for Transitions


The last thing on the mind of a new pastor and church planter is transitioning to the next pastor. It may be many years away or it may be soon. However a transition will be necessary eventually.

Style or Substance?


While the newest generation of full time servants are the most educated and culturally diverse people of any generation before them, they're style of ministry is different from previous generations. They’re looking for more flexibility and a more relaxed atmosphere than their predecessors. Motivating them to serve the Lord requires an understanding of their thinking. Although there are some aspects of this newest generation that are preferable to the past generations, one thing that is critical and many times missing is their inability to see the bottom line. To these young servants style sometimes is more important than substance.

The Pastor Is the Leader


There are many important roles of the pastor but the one that I believe is the most important role is that of leadership. Dr. Lee Roberson often stated, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” The ability to lead and challenge people is the greatest asset a man of God can possess.