A sermon to preach, a blockade to breach and an unlikely crew to get him there.
Pastor Stat chronicles the journey of Vedder Oberstat, a Huguenot pastor en route to the Holy City ready to take his place at the pulpit—but nobody said it was going to be easy. Set at the start of the Civil War, the colorful cast of characters is taken on a death-defying ride as the budding tensions between North and South manifest. A thrilling story of determination and an insightful glimpse into the plight of war, this debut novel by Arthur Ravenel, Jr. is an instant classic.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Arthur Ravenel, Jr. was born in Charleston, SC in 1927. Raised in St. Andrews Parish, he attended schools there and then the College of Charleston on the GI bill after service in the Marine Corps. Graduating in 1950, he worked for WestVaco before starting a home improvement firm which led him into real estate, construction and agriculture. Always interested in politics, he has served 32 years as an elected official including both houses of the SC General Assembly, the US Congress and a term on the Charleston County School Board which, he claims, was his toughest job.
For many years, he has been active in the revitalization of the Huguenot Church. He wrote Stat in 1982 for his own amusement but never pursued its publication–until now.
He is married to the former Jean Rickenbaker of Union and is the father of six children. He and his wife reside in Mt. Pleasant.