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
  • Wrestling with God

    Happy New Year! Do you suppose it is possible that 2018 could be a wonderful year and a struggle? I think that is possible, even Biblical. Three hundred and sixty five days lie before us in 2018. Like every other year of our lives they will continue to pass, one by one, regardless of whether or not we decide how to make them the best three hundred and sixty five days of our life. We can’t push the pause button so that ... more
  • God Gave

    As we begin a new year it is good to remind ourselves that “In the beginning…” God gave! The scriptures are a testimony to the generosity of God. First, God gave the world with its beauty and bounty. Next, God gave life to humans. Then God gave forgiveness in Jesus Christ.  As followers of Christ one of the things we recognize is that, first and foremost, our lives are not our own. They are a gift from God. Our breath, our ... more
  • Giving Thanks

    For me, November and Thanksgiving are inseparable. I look forward to gathering with family for the big meal. During November, I think often about that for which I am thankful. Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for all we have been given. I have come to realize that the Thanksgiving gathering and meal 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, ... 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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