Carla Hinton
Features 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


  • Camp Anytown seeks Oklahoma City metro campers

    Camp Anytown seeks Oklahoma City metro campers

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.comm | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    Leaders with the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, which hosts Camp Anytown Oklahoma for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from across the state, hope a more central location for the camp will help draw more youths from the Oklahoma City metro area. The camp in the past has been in far eastern Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma United Methodist bishop prepares for final state annual meeting before retirement

    Oklahoma United Methodist bishop prepares for...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The Oklahoma United Methodist Conference's annual meeting set to begin Monday will be momentous for the Rev. Robert Hayes Jr. and the Methodists he has led for more than a decade.The annual gathering will be the last such meeting for Hayes in his role as bishop.

  • Holy rollers: Churches in Oklahoma City's downtown and Midtown areas enjoy Bike to Church Sunday

    Holy rollers: Churches in Oklahoma City\'s...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Frontline Church-Downtown was one of four churches in Oklahoma City's downtown and Midtown-areas to host Bike to Church Sunday. The churches encouraged their members to ride bicycles to church, a particularly viable option in a downtown urban setting.

  • Showing off Israeli chic: Oklahoma women share fashion finds from trip to Israel

    Showing off Israeli chic: Oklahoma women share...

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Fashions and jewelry from two Israeli design houses and a jewelry collection from graduates of a special Israeli design school were showcased at the Tres Chic Israeli Fashion Event on May 19 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, the fundraising event featured a short fashion show, lunch and opportunities to purchase some of the pieces highlighted during the festivities.

  • Catholic Charities' new chapel highlights 'Church' within agency

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    While leaders with Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City celebrated the grand opening and blessing of the nonprofit's new headquarters on Tuesday, May 24, another event drew a crowd to the new facility just a few days earlier. About 70 people attended the May 20 dedication of the new Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Chapel on the second floor of Catholic Charities' new building at 1232 N Classen Blvd. The event included a Mass of Blessing, with the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, serving as principal celebrant.  "Today is really the signalling of the beginning of ministry in a new place. We all have come together to offer this church to God," the Most Rev. Paul S.

  • Catholic Charities celebrates opening of $10.5M headquarters

    Catholic Charities celebrates opening of $10.5M...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City marked the completion of its new $10.5 million headquarters on Tuesday with grand opening celebration that included a blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

  • Brooklyn's bell: Oklahoma Make-A-Wish recipient celebrates transition to life without disease

    Brooklyn\'s bell: Oklahoma Make-A-Wish recipient...

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    For Brooklyn Tilley, 4, ringing the bell at the Jimmy Everest Center at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center was a moment filled with significance far beyond the sound of the musical chime. For the preschooler and her family, it meant the official end of her battle with cancer.

  • Courting favor: Oklahoma City nonprofit seeks funds to improve Midnight Basketball court for youths

    Courting favor: Oklahoma City nonprofit seeks...

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Saving Our Youth OKC, or SOY, is seeking money to pay for a new paved area that will serve as a basketball court for Midnight Basketball, an outreach program that has been ongoing for about 17 years at Christ Temple Community Church in northeast Oklahoma City..

  • Mustang teenager to perform at Carnegie Hall

    Mustang teenager to perform at Carnegie Hall

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Andrew Vargas, of Mustang, Oklahoma, was chosen for the New York performance after being selected as first prize winner of the 2016 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition.

  • Seven takeaways from interfaith domestic violence/sexual assault conference

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    The profile of an abuser is not as straight forward as a lot of people think. It's not always going to be some guy from a low-income neighborhood. It might be someone you least expect. And he might be the nicest guy in many other aspects of his life. So said domestic abuse expert and author Lundy Bancroft as he spoke to more than 200 Oklahoma clergy and spiritual leaders who attended a recent seminar at Oklahoma City Community College. Bancroft said it was vital that faith leaders educate themselves about domestic violence and sexual assault because often, they are the first people an abuse victim turns to in such times of crisis. "I've talked to battered women over the years and sometimes the only places they

  • Event in Oklahoma City focuses on how churches can help domestic abuse victims

    Event in Oklahoma City focuses on how churches...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Spiritual leaders and houses of worship often play a key role in whether religion heals or harms, experts said at the event at Oklahoma City Community College.

  • Bathing Buddha: Oklahoma City-area monastery draws crowd for ritual celebrating Buddha's birthday

    Bathing Buddha: Oklahoma City-area monastery...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 21, 2016

    Using small ladles, people carefully poured scented water on a small statue of the baby Buddha displayed in a fountain near the altar at Buddha Mind Monastery. About 170 Oklahoma Buddhists commemorated Buddha's birthday by participating in the Buddha Bathing Ceremony. A Dharma talk and the "Sutra of Medicine Buddha" also were featured, along with a vegetarian lunch.

  • Oklahoma-based Life.Church's efforts foster success for program

    Oklahoma-based Life.Church\'s efforts foster...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 21, 2016

    Ashley Hahn, director of Oklahoma Fosters, said about 200 individuals and families have signed up to become part of the state's foster care program as a result of a fostering initiative sponsored by Edmond-based Life.Church.

  • Evangelist who overcame life without limbs says God has a plan

    Evangelist who overcame life without limbs says...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 15, 2016

    Nick Vujicic was born in Australia without arms or legs, but has overcome that obstacle with his Christian faith to bring a message of hope to others.

  • Website connects case workers to churches who want to help children, families in Oklahoma's child welfare system

    Website connects case workers to churches who...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 15, 2016

    Clay Steves, chairman of the board of a faith-based nonprofit called 111 Project, said case workers with the state Department of Human Services are able to share details about the tangible needs of children and families through a new initiative called CarePortal.

  • 'Homeless Jesus' sculptor happy to spread gospel message through art

    \'Homeless Jesus\' sculptor happy to spread...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, May 14, 2016

    Leaders at Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City are thrilled to have one of the "Homeless Jesus" sculptures on the grounds of the nonprofit's new headquarters on Classen Boulevard. Timothy Schmalz, the Canadian sculptor who designed the art piece, said surprisingly, not everyone is enamored of the sculpture because it is a representation of Jesus as someone impoverished, a vagabond or hobo, if you will.  Here is more from my telephone interview with Schmalz, who talked candidly about the popular art piece for my story in the Saturday May 14  edition of The Oklahoman: Q: How are things going? Leaders at Oklahoma City's Catholic Charities are very happy to have  their "Homeless Jesus" statue installed.

  • Whiz Kids wonders

    Whiz Kids wonders

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 14, 2016

    Tulakes Elementary School fourth-grader Ka Rai Gillispie had to look no farther than the retiree sitting next to him for encouragement and support on a recent weekday afternoon. Ka Rai, 10, and Tom Todd, 67, have been buddies of sorts for the past three years as part of the Whiz Kids program at Cherokee Hills Baptist Church, 5700 NW 63. "Any church looking for some opportunity to reach out to the community, this is that opportunity," Todd said. Cherokee Hills Baptist partners with St. Paul's Lutheran, where Todd attends, along with Life.Church Northwest Oklahoma City and The Gate Church to offer the program to about 50 neighborhood children.

  • Home for 'homeless' statue: New sculpture at Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City takes place of one sent to Pope Francis

    Home for \'homeless\' statue: New sculpture at...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, May 13, 2016

    Leaders with Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City met recently to dedicate a life-size bronze "Homeless Jesus" sculpture on the grounds of the organization's new headquarters at 1232 Classen Blvd. Patrick Raglow, the faith-based agency’s executive director, said the statue arrived a little later than planned, because the one originally destined for Oklahoma City was sent instead to Pope Francis.

  • Oklahoma City clergy seminar to focus on domestic violence, assault

    Oklahoma City clergy seminar to focus on...

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, May 14, 2016

    Deadline to register online for the "Making a Difference: A Faithful Response From Faith Leadership to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault" seminar is Sunday. The event, sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma and community partners, will be Tuesday at Oklahoma City Community College.

  • Orthodox church in Oklahoma City considers joining group to aid Christians persecuted in the Middle East

    Orthodox church in Oklahoma City considers...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 14, 2016

    The Rev. John Salem and members of St. Elijah's Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Oklahoma City recently met to learn more about In Defense of Christians, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to protect Christians in the Middle East.




Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 10:55:02 PM CST Thunder will be ready to close out on Saturday. Come with it!#NBAPlayoffs https://t.co/V0AzN0AaQh
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 10:47:34 PM CST RT @jadande: Curry to crowd: “We’re not going home. We’re not going home.” (That’s the problem: they’re going to OKC)
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:55:33 PM CST Close it out Thunder! #NBAPlayoffs
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:53:43 PM CST OK Adam's is in. What's happening? Too many butter finger turnovers. #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:52:45 PM CST Adams needs to get back in the game before this gets out of hand. Period. #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:43:24 PM CST Nice classic KD shot. Glad to see it. #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:39:11 PM CST Westbrook is trying to do too much. Calm it down and close this out. #RussellHustle #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:36:10 PM CST Oh Waiters is in.
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:35:55 PM CST Need to put Waiters in. Nobody is running down court with Russ. Not fast enough, anyway. #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:21:17 PM CST We knew the tech for Draymond was coming, right? #EasyCall #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:43:48 PM CST RT @matt_judkins: To Morrow, to Morrow, I love you, to Morrow. #thunderup
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:43:25 PM CST Mo Buckets! Can't be mad at the big guy. Battle of the "Mo" shaping up: A-Mo vs Mo Buckets. #GottaLoveIt #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:39:39 PM CST RT @Thunder_Digest: Anthony Morrow just woke out of the cryo chamber like he's from Futurerama. my god
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:37:25 PM CST Morrow wants to close this thing out tonight. #AllTheWay #NBAPLAYOFFS https://t.co/DFjHjFpj6m
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:27:00 PM CST Miracle of miracles! The refs actually called a foul on the Warriors. #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:25:09 PM CST Thunder have to beat the Warriors and the refs tonight, apparently. #SadButTrue #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:16:39 PM CST @BeardenArtist Good point!
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:14:13 PM CST Refs are letting Draymond verbally let loose on the Thunder bench. Their officiating is already suspect. #KeepTabsOnDraymond #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:09:31 PM CST And the expected Curry Flurry begins ... #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Wed, May. 25 2016 07:00:56 PM CST @grahambrewer Whoa!

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