As an African-American woman in a denomination that’s nearly all white, the Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld says she hopes to make the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America more appealing to minorities.

Thomas-Breitfeld, from Brookfield, was recently elected bishop for the ELCA’s South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, a region that includes Madison, Janesville, Beloit and many rural communities. 

She’s just the second African-American woman pastor to be elected bishop in the…