African-American woman is new bishop for Madison-area Lutheran synod | Local News


An African-American woman pastor with an impressive history of community involvement while serving at churches in the Milwaukee area was elected Sunday as the new bishop for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, which includes the Madison area.

The Rev. Viviane E. Thomas-Breitfeld, 65, of Brookfield, is only the second African-American woman pastor to be elected bishop in the 65 synods that make up the ELCA, the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States with 4 million members and 10,000 congregations in the U.S. and its territories, according to the ELCA. The first, the Rev. Patricia A. Davenport, was elected bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania…

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