Articles for Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman's Religion Editor
  • Blanca: Secure and Singing Solo

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    It’s been two years since contemporary Christian recording artist Blanca Callahan struck out on her own for a solo career. Known simply as Blanca, she said leaving the Christian hip hop group 1 Group Crew to follow a solo path was definitely a leap of faith — one she’s so glad she made. “It’s...

  • Oklahoma Baptists to host sexuality & culture conference

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma will host a conference entitled “The Gospel, Sexuality and the Church” on March 9 and 10 at Quail Springs Baptist Church in northwest Oklahoma City.

  • Skillet will headline Winter Jam 2015 in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Contemporary Christian rock band Skillet will be among the recording artists and groups performing as part of the Winter Jam 2015 concert set for March 7 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Crowning glory

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Hats and the women who wore them were the guests of honor at a recent Crowns Tea hosted by the Midwest City Library in conjunction with Black History Month.

  • Muslim group moves ahead with state Capitol event despite threatened protest

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    An event called “Muslim Day at the Capitol” is set for Friday in Oklahoma City.

  • More on the book "Visits to Heaven: Are They Real?"

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    More than a few readers reached out to me this past weekend to say they were very interested in my story in Saturday’s Life section about the book “Visits to Heaven: Are They Real?” The book, written by Edmond pastor and Bible prophecy expert Mark Hitchcock, was released Feb. 17. The preacher...

  • Symbol of hope: One-of-a-kind crucifix art pieces at St. Anthony hospitals

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    American Indian artist Don Narcomey carves one-of-a-kind crucifix art pieces for all St. Anthony Hospitals, including the new St. Anthony Healthplex North that opens for patients on Monday at 13401 N Western, Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma pastor debunks 'visits to heaven' in new book

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    The Rev. Mark Hitchcock, an Edmond pastor and Bible prophecy expert, shares his skepticism about many popular “visits to heaven” in his new book “Visits to Heaven: Are They Real?”

  • Oklahoma City archbishop removes secretly married priest from parish leadership

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City said Archbishop Paul S. Coakley removed the Rev. Dan Letourneau as administrator of St. Joseph Old Cathedral.



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Carla Hinton


Religion Editor

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide variety of news, including social services, transportation, minority affairs and Oklahoma City Hall.



Hinton also serves as assistant editor and editor of the local news section for several years, but she is perhaps best known as The Oklahoman's religion editor, a post she has held since June 2002. She has enjoyed learning about the many different world religions in her role as religion editor and doesn't consider it a bad thing when colleagues refer to her as "the church lady."



Career highlights have included meeting renowned evangelist Billy Graham and covering local reaction to the election of a new pope after the death of Pope John Paul II. In her spare time, Hinton enjoys reading suspense novels (ala James Patterson), watching HGTV shows and keeping up with the activities of her two grown sons and (almost grown) daughter

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