Pastoral Staff

As the pastors of Zion Lutheran Church we serve as both shepherd and servant of God’s flock. Serving as pastors, on a daily basis, God uses us to carry out His most wonderful work, that of saving the lost among his people in Bismarck. Caring for the members of Zion by being active in preaching, teaching, administering the Sacraments, visiting members, comforting the sorrowing, giving godly counsel, and providing a vision of outreach.

Pastor MarcisRev. Thomas R. Marcis, Jr., Senior Pastor, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Pastor Marcis is a 1986 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. He began his ministry in Zap, North Dakota, where he served for three years before coming to Zion in July 1989. Pastor Marcis has served the church at large as the Chairman for the LCMS Board for Human Care, as Chairman for the Advisory Committee for LCMS World Relief for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, as a Synodical Reconciler, as Chairman of the North Dakota District Board of Directors, Director for the North Dakota District’s Division of Education and as Chairman for the North Dakota District Rural Ministry Task Force. He serves as Head coach of boys and girls soccer for Legacy High School in Bismarck. He and his wife Sara, have four grown children: Rich, Katie, Bekah and David. You may contact him at

Rev. Kevin C. Zellers, Assistant Pastor, originally from Sioux City, Iowa, Pastor Zellers is a 1983 graduate of Concordia Teachers College, Seward Nebraska. After graduation he served in the United States Army from 1983 to 1987. After being honorably discharged he entered Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana and graduated in 1991.  He began his ministry at St. Paul Beach & St. Peter Belfield, North Dakota; he has also served St. Andrews, West Fargo, ND and St. John North Branch, Minnesota.  He and his wife Kathryn, have three grown children: Kristin, Kevin and Korey. They have also been blessed with eight grandchildren. You may contact him at

Pastor RowanRev. Robert Rowan, Visitation Pastor, is a native of Minot, North Dakota. He presently is serving as volunteer visitation Pastor for Zion. Pastor Rowan is a retired Sergeant Major with the North Dakota National Guard. He had three National Activations with a tour of combat duty in Korea as machine gun Sergeant. He graduated from Theological College, three Lutheran Seminaries and received an earned Doctorate from Covenant Seminary. During his active ministry, he served congregations in Minnesota, Texas, North Dakota and Montana and also served as Church Planter for three congregations. He is married to the former Delores Strorud. They have been blessed with two daughters and four grandchildren. You may contact Pastor Rowan at