Pastor Ted Vanderpan
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Get to Know Pastor Ted
What I actually do at Zion … 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.
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.
My family… members are also the people I most enjoy being with. My wife, Sara, is also a pastor but currently without a call. My daughters are Marie, a student at Concordia College in Moorhead, and Heidi, a student at Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter.
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 mother owns 20 acres of original prairie land 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 ... Like most men my age, I love Captain Crunch!