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.

Rev. 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 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

Vicar – July 2020 – June 2021

Benjamin Ramthun, Vicar, current student of Concordia Seminary St. Louis, is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in theology and theological languages. He also has technical degrees in both automotive technology and power sports repair. Vicar Ramthun grew up in Wausau, WI, and comes from a strong Christian family. He worked as a mechanic in Wausau for several years before returning to school to pursue full-time ministry. During this time Vicar Ramthun was involved with the ministry of his church and ran the church’s youth program from 2014-2016. He has a passion for teaching God’s Word to all ages, and particularly enjoys leading Bible studies. Vicar Ramthun likes to spend time outdoors hunting, fishing, and camping. He also enjoys restoring and driving motorcycles. You may contact him at