Ted Vanderpan

Senior Pastor

My primary responsibilities include preaching, teaching and leading worship, staff development, leading the congregation in strategic planning, being involved in the Buffalo community and caring for the people of Zion.


PastorTed@ZionBuffalo.org 763.682.1245 ext. 106
  • A Real Celebration!

    “He is not here, he has risen.”Luke 24:5 For many things in life, imitations will do. I recently bought a knock-off table saw. This saw was on sale and very inexpensive. I couldn’t believe the price. It is a brand I had never heard of before, a cheap imitation of better saws. This saw will perform some basic tasks just fine such as a simple cross cut, bevel cut or compound miter cut. It has the necessary safety features – guards around ... more
  • Christmas and Year End Giving

    Did you know that 40% of all charitable gifts given every year are given in November and December? There are some reasons for this. For many people, one of their Christmas traditions includes financial gifts to organizations and institutions they appreciate. It is another way of celebrating the birth of the newborn Savior, Jesus Christ. For some, this important season of giving is an opportunity to make up and/or catch up on the giving they intended to do during the year. For others, ... more
  • Giving Thanks

    When I think of November one of the first things to come to mind is Thanksgiving, giving thanks for all our blessings. November and giving thanks are inseparably linked together in my conscious and subconscious mind. Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for all we have been given. Thanksgiving doesn’t just happen. Thanksgiving takes planning, doesn’t it? For Thanksgiving to happen we need to coordinate schedules, get the shopping done, do prep for the meal, time the meal, and more. To really ... more

How I came to be involved with Zion … 13 years after starting a new congregation in Woodbury, MN, I knew I was ready for some new challenges in work and life. I went hunting with a friend and one of his friends was a member at Zion and on the call committee. A few months later, when I entered the process of receiving a new call through our denomination, I told this person on the call committee I was interested in moving and later I interviewed at Zion.

I was born … the sixth of seven children, to a pastor’s family in Sioux Rapids, Iowa.

My favorite quote or Bible verse … Proverbs 3:5,6 – I have seen this verse prove true over and over in my life.

When I’m not at Zion, you can find me … doing something outdoors.

Something you might not know about me is … I am interested in native prairie plants. My wife and I own 20 acres of virgin prairie (land that has not been tilled) in South Dakota and I have transplanted many plants to my backyard. Along with my brother, I have restored 160 acres of South Dakota farmland to native grasses.

My favorite Bible character is… I have too many to select only one. I learn many life lessons from the exploits of the characters of the Bible.

The other thing I want you to know is ... It is a joy and privilege to serve Zion and the people here.

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