Archbishop Vining Memorial Church, Ikeja, started as an amalgamation of two worship centres of expatriate and Nigerian civil servant each of which was an offshoot of St. Saviour’s Church Tafawa Balewa Square Lagos (as it was then known).
The two worship centre were an Ikeja magistrate court building and an office space at the Southern Police College, Ikeja, across the road where Nigerian Police personnel and many recruits worshipped. That congregation was truly inter-denominational, comprising members from Anglican, Methodist Baptist and Apostolic denominations.
The Anglican Diocese of Lagos quickly saw in those congregation the vision of a dynamic growth-oriented church and had even before the merger in 1964, posted visionary pastors like Rev. A.May, the Rev Yinka Olukide and Reverend Payne to officiate as visiting priest came on an ad hoc basis from other denominations.
Some of the foundation members of these two groups were Pa J.A.James and family Mrs. S.M. Odukwe and family, Mr. F.O.Ogbu and family, Mr Akinjobi and Family, Mr. A. A. Bassey and family, Chief B.B.Oluwu family and Chief N.E Ogundana and family, Mr J.I Iyun and family and Dr. Sofunde and family. Many of them are now dead.
The early interest shown by the Anglican Diocese of Lagos encouraged these worshippers to initially name that amalgamated worship centre. “The Anglican Church, GRA, Ikeja”
But later on recommendation of the Rev. canon Yinka Olumide to the then Bishop of Lagos, the Rt. Rev. Seth Irunsewe Kale, while the foundation of the first church building was laid on February 25, 1968, the church was officially name Archbishop Vining Memorial Church, Ikeja.
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