The Rt. Rev. F. Melville Jones (M.A.; D.D) 1919-1940
The Pioneer Bishop of Lagos 1919-1940. The Principal of St. Andrew’s College, Oyo from 1894 to 1907; a great Church man, and energetic European Missionary and Educationist of high repute. He operated the entire Diocese which stretched as far as Kano in the North and entire West and Mid-West as only one big Diocese. He laboured without counting the cost and toiled without looking for rest.
The Most Rev. Leslie Gordon Vining (CBE; M.A.; D.D) 1940-1955
Bishop of Lagos from 1940-1955 and the Archbishop of Province of West Africa from 1951-1955. He was the Assistant Bishop of the Diocese on the Niger and became the second Bishop of Lagos. On 17th April 1951, at the inauguration of the Province of West Africa, Leslie Vining was elected and presented as the first Archbishop of the new Province. A great man of vision, who lived up to his widely held appellation “Bishop of the Youth”, (in 1952) divided the Old Lagos Diocese into four: Lagos, Ibadan, Ondo-Benin and Northern Nigeria; and that of the See on the Niger, into two parts – On the Niger and Niger Delta. He laboured tirelessly in the Lord’s vineyard till he died at sea in March 1955.
The Rt. Rev. Adelakun Williamson Howells II (M.A. B.D) 1955-1963
The Bishop of Lagos from 1955-1963. A man of many parts: a builder, an undaunted innovator, indeed an Episcopal legend of all times. He replaced the wooden, rickety bungalow that has served as Bishop’s court with a more ultra-modern edifice of a multi-storey building, the foundation of which was laid on 1st December, 1959 and completed on 24th September, 1960. He relocated the CMS Grammar School from central Lagos Island to a more spacious site in Bariga. An elegant and aristocratic personality, who was a workaholic.
The Rt. Rev. Seth Irunsewe Kale (M.A.,D.D) 1963-1975
The Bishop of Lagos from 1963-1975. The Principal of our Prestigious CMS Grammar School for five years; the Dean of Anglican Schools and Colleges in 1949; the Principal of St. Andrew’s Teacher Training College, Oyo. During his tenure, alterations were made in the interior of Christ Cathedral Church, Marina, to beautify and enhance worship. An astute Administrator per excellence and a stickler for details.
The Rt. Rev. Festus Oluwole Segun, (B.D.,M.A., D.D) 1975-1985
Bishop of Lagos from 1975-1985. The Provost of the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina from 1960-1970; Bishop of Northern Nigeria from 1970-1975. He initiated a Continuing Education Programme for the Clergy through the initiative of what was highly regarded as Board for the Continuing Education of the Clergy (BOCEC). There was great expansion during his Episcopate. A great lover of Music.
The Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Abiodun Adetiloye (B.D, AKC, D.D, CON) 1985-1999
Bishop of Lagos from 1985-1999. He became the Primate of all Nigeria and Archbishop, Metropolitan, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, 1988 to 1999. The Bishop of Ekiti from 1970 to 1985. A great man of vision, sound intellect, profuse drive and candour. He established the Lagos Anglican Bible College (LABICO). He increased the Dioceses from 26 to 76. This goes to his eternal credit. He laboured without counting the cost and toiled without looking for rest.
THE MOST REV. DR. EPHRAIM ADEBOLA ADEMOWO, OON, PhD, FNAL 2000-2018
THE MOST REV. DR. EPHRAIM ADEBOLA ADEMOWO was born on 29th July, 1948 to the family of Chief Samuel Gbolade Ademowo and Mrs. Caroline Abosede Ademowo. His father was a veteran headmaster and educationist.
After his primary and secondary education in Lagos and Abeokuta he attended Immanuel College of Theology Ibadan from 1969 to 1972 for Ordination Course. He was made a Deacon at St. James' Cathedral, Ibadan in 1972 and ordained Priest in 1973. The Most Rev. Dr. E A Ademowo graduated Bachelor of Arts majoring in Theology at the University of Ibadan 1977. Ultimately he earned by dint of hardwork his Master of Arts at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-lfe. He also obtained his Ph.D degree, through examination at the same University.
Immediately after ordination, he was posted to the Church ministry at Ilesha where, he served for nearly 30 years. Ademowo was preferred Canon at lIesha in 1981, Archdeacon in 1983 and consecrated as Bishop of Ilesha at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Lagos in 1989. After 11 years at Ilesha as Bishop, he was translated to the See of the Diocese of Lagos in the year 2000 just at the beginning of the new millennium.
The Year 1999 was significant in many ways and quite unique. It marked the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Lagos - the first to be so established in Nigeria. That year was also the transitional point in the turn of a century and the end of the first millennium. It was indeed also for the Diocese of Lagos, the end of an era, as it marked the formal retirement of The Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Abiodun Adetiloye as Bishop of Lagos, Archbishop and Primate Metropolitan of the Church of Nigeria; the election, translation and presentation in the early part of year 2000, of the Most Rev. Dr. E.A. Ademowo to what was then known as Province 1 (Supra Diocesan Board West) of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).
The 'return' of Ademowo to Lagos Diocese and his assumption of duties at the turn of the millennium as both Bishop and Archbishop of Province One comprising all the dioceses geographically located in the Southwest and Midwest areas of the country was most significant and symbolic. For him and his immediate family it was a happy home-coming. For the larger family of God's people, it was the beginning of a new wave of spiritual re-awakening and a consolidation of the CMS - inspired social initiatives in the complementing care areas of Health and Education. In 2008, he was re-elected for another 5-year term as Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos. Through the special grace of God on his life, the Archbishop continues to recieve laurels and awards. Amongst these were his investiture in 2006 as Honorary Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (FNAL ) and the conferment in 2008 of the prestigious national honour of "Officer of the Order of the Niger (O.O.N)" by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria. His Royal Majesty Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, the Awujale of Ijebu land described The Archbishop as one of the illustrious sons of Ijebuland and a street in the GRA Ijebu-Ode is named after him in appreciation of his contributions. The Most Rev. Dr. E A Ademowo is married to Mrs Oluranti I. Ademowo with whom he has shared an undeniably fruitful ministry, joyful compassionship and family life. They are blessed with children.