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
  • Blessed to be a Blessing

    One of the most basic messages of the Bible is that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to others.” In one sense, our church exists to be a blessing for all who come in contact with us. You can see it in our mission: To share Christ’s Word, is to be a blessing to othersTo strengthen faith, is to be a blessing to othersTo serve those in need,is to be a blessing to others. So, in the name ... more
  • Have a Great Summer

    Now, I’m not saying goodbye for the whole summer. I hope I will see you over the next several months, but our schedules really do change. All of us are more mobile during the summer months. Some go to the cabin, others to visit grandma and grandpa or cousins, still others to a high school or family reunion. Many of us will take a “road trip vacation” somewhere interesting. Some of us even go to South Dakota! So if I ... more
  • What is Easter All About?

    From time to time, I’ve seen an approach to the Christian life that sees Jesus as a sort of Santa Claus who is there just to give us what we want. Want a new car? A new bike? A new job? Ask Jesus and he will get it for you. Do you need a sunny day for your church picnic? Do you want to win this game?  You get the picture. Hollywood has produced a few movies over the years ... 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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