Vinton Randolph Anderson, born in Somerset Bermuda, first came to the United states (in 1947) to study at Wilberforce University and Payne Theological Seminary. He graduated with honors, having earned the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity Degrees. Later, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from Kansas University, pursued continuing education at Yale University Divinity School and is an alumnus of the Urban Training Center for Christian Mission, Chicago.
Bishop Anderson received honorary doctorate degrees from Paul Quinn College, Wilberforce University, Payne Theological Seminary, Temple Bible College, Morris Brown College, Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), and Eden Theological Seminary.Bishop Anderson has preached and lectured internationally including all regions of the United States, the Caribbean, South and West Africa, South America, Canada, Taiwan, and Australia, In February, 1993, Bishop Anderson preached a series of sermons at the Mar Thomas convention in India where 150,000 people were in attendance. Anderson's pastoral experience encompasses Kansas and Missouri. His pastoral ministry is highlighted by a strong commitment to involvement in the total community as demonstrated by the development of an adult education program, summer youth program, promotion of the first Black owned supermarket in St. Louis, development of 162 units of low income housing in St. Louis County, chairmanship of Vanguard Bond and Mortgage Co. (a community funding effort), and his continuing role as an effective and vocal advocate in civil rights and ecumenical issues.