Source: SPG Missionary (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: JAMES KERSHAW BEST went out to India as a Lay Preacher of the Wesleyan Missionary Society. Influenced by Bishop Spencer, he was ordained deacon in 1842, and priest in 1845, and worked under the S.P.G. from 1842 to 1856, when he was invalided home. His principal work was at Christianagram, in the Tinnevelly District, where he superintended a circle of mission stations from 1845 till his health gave way. He received a pension from the Society from 1856 to 1869. When he was able to resume work, he became Curate of Chalfont St. Giles, and in 1865, Vicar of Lane End, Bucks. There he died in 1889. One of his sons succeeded in entering the Madras Civil Service, and became a Judge of the High Court, Madras.