If interested in the series,you can check out my reviews of A Time to Die and A Time to Speak to learn more.
Book: A Time To Die, by Nadine Brandes. Christian, futuristic, dystopian.
Role: Supporting Character; spiritual antagonist
Personality: Detached, somewhat cynical leader.
What he brings to the table: Lamuel is the leader of a people group on the other side of the Wall from Parvin's home. Parvin seeks his help in determining God's purpose for her life.
Spiritual role: Lamuel serves as spiritual antagonist to Parvin's mission in some ways. While she seeks to save her people from themselves, he tells her that, ultimately, nothing she does will matter.
Pastorly/Worship notes: Lamuel draws most of his inspiration from Ecclesiastes. He believes that life is meaningless and one should just muddle along, because nothing really matters. If God has a specific purpose for someone, Lamuel believes that He will reveal it to them. Otherwise, most people are insignificant.
We don't see Lamuel leading worship or anything else formal, but his people do look up to him.
Ninja Status: I'm not sure how to classify him--leave a note down in the comments if you have an idea!
Lamuel is an interesting character for the fact that, while both he and Parvin believe in God, he serves as an antagonist to her in some ways. I enjoyed the portrayal that there are differences between believers and that sometimes those beliefs can come into conflict with one another.
While most pastors in Christian Fiction serve the role of an encourager, Lamuel serves an entirely different role. I really enjoyed the fresh take on pastorhood in this novel.
Can you think of any other pastors that serve as antagonists?