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
  • About a Savior

    Lent is fast approaching. Ash Wednesday is March 6, and is one of the favorite traditions at Zion. We call Lent a season of preparation, which leads up to our Easter celebration. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for 40 days (Sundays are not counted). Lent ends on the Saturday before Easter. The 40 days are a reminder to us of the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the Wilderness and the 40 days that Jesus fasted and was ... more
  • Tough Times

    Trials, tribulation, suffering, difficulties; name it what you want. We all face them. We all either know some who is facing tough times or has recently gone through some tough times. And if you can’t think of anyone, well, wait a week or two. It might be a friend, a family member or even ourselves. That is just the way this world is. Tough times are a part of life. And in some situations the tough times turn into tough ... more
  • Christ, Be Our Light

    “What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:3b-5 The days grow shorter and the darkness longer as we make our way into December. Darkness seems to take over life. Darkness is just there. It doesn’t come from somewhere – it just is. Darkness is the absence of light. During this time of year, as the darkness takes ... 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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