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Archbishop Vining College of theology, Oke-Emeso Street, Akure, was established by the Church Missionary Society (CMS) missionaries in 1917 initially as a training centre (Akure Training Centre) for girls to become useful and responsible housewives. In 1963 it became a centre for training Catechists for the Anglican church and was named Vining Christian Leadership Centre in honour of Archbishop Leslie Gordon Vining, who was the Bishop of Lagos Diocese from 1940-1955 and the first Archbishop of the Province of West Africa (1951-1955).
In 1983, it metamorphosed into a full Theological College, training people for the ordained ministry of the Anglican Church. Having been accredited by the NUC, it offers a Diploma in Theology (Dip.Th) and Diploma in Religious Studies (Dip. RS) and B.A (Hons) degrees of the university of ibadan, ibadan. It has gained approval to commence the award of bachelor’s degree in theoloy, full time and summer programs. This college continues to provide annual women leadership training for clergy wives and women in leadership (certificate in women leadership and empowerment). The college has also gained approval to commence the award of diploma in ministry and diploma in theology for lay women in our local churches.