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
  • 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
  • Giving to God

    By the time you read this, we will already have begun Giving to God, our annual Fall Stewardship Emphasis. Jesus spoke quite often about the role that money and possessions play in our lives. He regularly spoke of the relationship between our faith and our finances. Jesus talked about that which is of ultimate importance in our lives when he said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In and of itself money is neutral, a ... more
  • Giving to God

    “Giving to God” is the title of a great book by Mark Allen Powell (Eerdmans Publishing) which talks quite plainly about the connection between our faith, our finances and our spiritual growth. Powell suggests that, giving of our financial resources back to God is both a duty of the Christian life and a delight of the Christian life. I recommend that you read the book. “Giving To God” is also the theme of our 2018 Fall Stewardship Emphasis. What Is a ... 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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