About Us

Leon and Melanie Best

Leon is a Texan, spending most of his pre-adult life between San Antonio and Houston. I am from Little Rock, AR. We met at Rice University and dated through college. We graduated and married in 2000. While in college, we both grew in our walks with the Lord. We became involved with Cru, and started the African-American ministry called the Impact Movement at Rice.

In 1998, Leon and I began to think and pray about how we could best invest our time and talents. We were leading the Impact Movement at Rice as Bible Study leaders and Evangelism coordinators with Cru. The Lord led us to join Impact Movement in 2002. In 2005, we moved to the Impact National Headquarters in Orlando, Florida. Leon helped supervise university movements in the South from North Carolina to Texas. Then Leon and I responded to an invitation by Campus Crusade for Christ-South Africa to help rebuild the campus movement in 2009. Leon was the Provincial Team Leader of the Western Cape province of South Africa. Our family served South Africa for 12 years.

Currently, we have returned to United States to continue ministry with Cru. Our purpose is helping to fulfil the Great Commission in the power of the Holy Spirit by winning people to faith in Jesus Christ, building them in their faith and sending them to win and build others.

The Lord blessed us with Leon Mack Best II (19), Noel Desire Best (18), Nala Brooke Best (16) and Elle Jaye Best (6). As a family, we love the Lord and desire to see His Will done in our lives. Our role with the Campus Crusade for Christ – South Africa will allow us to see Jesus Christ change lives and revitalize broken communities. We have found Isaiah 58:12 to be so true:

Your people will rebuild ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwelling.

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