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
  • Life Has Changed

    WOW! The Coronavirus has certainly changed life for all of us. I don’t know about you, but I never saw this coming, even after it first started appearing on the daily news. It has changed our day to day lives and it has changed our church lives for sure. Our preparation for online worship has certainly changed our weekly work flow. We are recording the service on Wednesdays so that we have time to format it for the ...
  • Fear Not

    My, oh my, how things have changed in the past several weeks. Almost nothing drowns out the latest news about the Coronavirus on the evening news. We are in uncharted territory, as one pastor friend said.  This corona thing is all new. I think it brings all of us at least some anxiety of what will come?  Where does this end? Who will get sick? How will this affect us financially?  Thousands of years ago God spoke these words to the ...
  • He is Waiting for You

    We truly do live in a great country with the natural resources, the human resources, and the representative government we have. Even in the midst of political divide and threats to peace and safety, we have been so blessed.  You would think that people living in our great country would be satisfied and grateful to God for the deep blessings God has brought to us. But that is not the case. In our country there are a vast number of ...

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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