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
  • Trust, Live, and Serve

    “We will Trust, Live and Serve Christ Jesus Our Lord” What do we mean when we say those words every week at the end of our worship services? I always look forward to the fall and all the activity at Zion. For most of us, we have crammed as much activity as possible into the summer. I love it when everyone comes back to church at the end of summer. Soon, the halls of Zion’s building will be full of activity. Sunday ... more
  • Staff Transitions

    Ted, I really believe churches the size of Zion should just plan to always be in transition with some staff position This was said to me by one of our Minneapolis Area Synod staff. The last email I read before beginning this article was sent to me by the senior pastor of a large ELCA congregation, like Zion, and had the following as the opening sentence, I know a lot of our larger churches are seeking pastoral staff right now. In the last ... more
  • Have a Great Summer

    Now, I’m not saying goodbye. There will be a great deal going on at Zion this summer, but our schedules really do change. All of us are more mobile during the summer months. So if I don’t see you much over the next several months, “have a great summer.” I have a summer idea for you. Consider making it your goal to bring a friend or neighbor to church this summer. Most people just need an invitation. Did you know it ... 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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