Articles for Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman's Religion Editor
  • Franklin Graham prepares for Oklahoma City ministry outreach

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, will preach Saturday and Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. The Good News Festival also will feature music from Christian recording artists Skillet and Michael W. Smith and a choir made up of community members.

  • Free concert: Skillet, Lacey Sturm, All Sons and Daughters and Dae-Lee

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Contemporary Christian band Skillet (pictured) will perform at an evangelistic outreach event set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22-23 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. For Skillet's fans, and fans of other recording artists like Lacey Sturm, Michael W. Smith, All  Sons and Daughters, Dennis...

  • Episcopal saint's relative donates his journals to Oklahoma History Center

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    For Oklahomans, the journals are an important link to the past — a first-hand glimpse into the mind and faith journey of a Cheyenne warrior turned Christian missionary, said William Welge, director of the history center’s Office of American Indian Preservation and Culture.

  • Franklin Graham to preach at two-day Oklahoma City event

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    The Good News Festival with Franklin Graham is coming to Oklahoma City on Aug. 22-23 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • Vacation Bible schools in Oklahoma offer 'kingdom' of learning, love

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    This year's "Faith in the Summer" series in The Oklahoman ends with a story highlighting how a church and a faith-based organization created unique vacation Bible school experiences for young people.

  • Faith goes back to school in the Oklahoma City area

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    One Oklahoma City-area church offers supplies and cool activities for students while another braves heat to perform outdoor beautification work to help a school get ready for classes to resume.

  • David Phelps will bring 'Freedom' concert to Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    ​Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter David Phelps is bringing his "Freedom" concert tour to Oklahoma City on Aug. 23.

  • Singing and praying sets stage for Franklin Graham festival in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    A mass choir continues to rehearse, and a communitywide prayer gathering is planned Sunday to help set the stage for the Good News Festival with Franklin Graham. The festival will be Aug. 22-23 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • Former addict, his parents try to help other families find hope

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Hope is Alive’s annual Night of Hope is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Lance Lang said the event is designed to shine a spotlight on the issue of addiction and recovery and to help connect recovering addicts and their families with much-needed community...



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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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