A chaplain to King Charles I, Pestel was Rector of Packington, Leicestershire, until he was sequestrated from it by the Westminster Assembly in 1646.
His works include:
- Sermons and Devotions Old and New (London: 1659)
- Come, Ravished Souls with High Delight
- Fairest of Morning Lights Appear
- Date & place of birth & death
- Burial place