Leslie Vining

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Leslie Gordon Vining
Archbishop of West Africa
Church Anglican
See Diocese of West Africa
In office 1951 – 1955
Ordination 1911
Personal details
Born 1885
Previous post Bishop of Lagos
Assistant Bishop

Leslie Gordon Vining (1885–1955) was an Anglican bishop and the first Archbishop of the West African province.


He attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge and completed his studies in 1910. He started out as an assistant curate and later chaplain to British forces during world war 1. After the war, he became the Vicar of St. Alban’s, Westbury Park, Bristol in 1918. He was at the post for the next 20 years. In 1938, he was transferred to Nigeria as an assistant Bishop of the Niger. Two years later, he was appointed the Bishop of Lagos. While in Nigeria, he established a training school for religious teachers. He also tried to be a bridge builder, reaching out to the Lagos Islamic community. He died on his way to England in 1955.[1]


  1. ^ Gerald Harry Anderson. Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1999. p 705. ISBN 0-8028-4680-7