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 the community 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. They have been blessed with six grandchildren as well. You may contact him at

Vicar – July 2022- June 2023

Jason Kohm, Vicar, is a current student at Concordia Seminary St. Louis. He also grew up in St. Louis, attending a Lutheran grade school and high school. His friends started calling him “Jason Dot Kohm” one day, a nickname he still happily uses. He graduated from Concordia University Chicago as a member of the Pre-Seminary program in 2020 with a BA in English; the English Department nominated him as the Outstanding English Graduate of that year. Vicar Jason has experience with mission trips, outreach, teenage ministry, and summer camps that he draws from daily for his work at Zion. He enjoys a wide variety of hobbies, including sailing, running, singing, biking, skiing, and playing guitar. He treasures spending time with his friends most of all. You may contact him at