Articles for Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman's Religion Editor
  • Little shop of hope

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Claremore, Oklahoma, coffee house is serving up drinks, food and second chances to formerly incarcerated women.

  • Choir prepares for Franklin Graham festival in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Rehearsals for a mass choir and a prayer walk in downtown Oklahoma City are among the events planned leading up to the Good News Festival with Franklin Graham.

  • Veggie tales: Oklahoma City-area Buddhists host festival to share mind, body, spiritual benefits of vegetarianism

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    The abbess of Buddha Mind Monastery in Oklahoma City said her "peaceful diet" translates to a "peaceful mind." That's why foods like avocados and bok choy were stars of the show at the recent Veggie Festival at the monastery.

  • Two churches, one pastor: Hurricane Katrina survivor is now leader of two Oklahoma City-area congregations

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    In June, Nancy McCullough was appointed as senior pastor of Nicoma Park United Methodist Church and Spencer United Methodist Church in Oklahoma. Before going to seminary, she was a longtime schoolteacher, including 25 years in New Orleans before being forced out by Hurricane Katrina.

  • Moving in deep waters of faith: Moore church celebrates outdoor baptisms

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    The Highland Baptist Church congregation of Moore, Oklahoma, gathers at Lake Thunderbird in Norman, Oklahoma, for old-fashioned, full-immersion baptisms.

  • Wade in the water ...

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    I was very little but I remember being baptized by Rev. Albritton at Tabitha Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City. I remember being intrigued when I saw people being baptized from the pews but I was a little terrified when it came time for me to get into the baptistery myself. I understood...

  • 'Minute Motivators': Oklahoma pastor, armed forces retiree team up to write inspirational book for military

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Rev. Stan Toler and retired Brig. Gen. Robert Redwine wrote "Minute Motivators for The Military: Quick Inspiration for the Time of Your Life." Toler is founder and executive director of the Center for Pastoral Leadership at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma, and Redwine is an SNU...

  • Franklin Graham festival leaders continue ministry classes at Oklahoma City-area churches

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    As the date for Oklahoma City's Good News Festival with Franklin Graham nears, more activities bringing together metro-area churches are planned.

  • Popular Women of Faith speakers are saying 'farewell' on last tour

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Women of Faith will bring "Loved: The Farewell Tour" to Oklahoma City on July 24-25. In 20 years, the Women of Faith conference ministry made popular by Luci Swindoll, Patsy Clairmont, Thelma Wells, Sheila Walsh, Marilyn Meberg and others has spoken to more than 5 million women around the world.



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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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