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


  • Muslims respond to pastor's intention to share gospel with Islamic world

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Two Oklahoma Muslims, Sheryl Siddiqui, of Tulsa, and Saad Mohammad, of Oklahoma City, share their thoughts about the plans of the Rev. Mateen Elass, a former Muslim turned Edmond minister, to go into full-time ministry to convert Muslims to Christianity.

  • Edmond minister to step down from pastorate to cultivate Muslim 'mission field'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: 11 hr ago

    The Rev. Mateen Elass, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, is leaving the pastorate to devote his time to preaching the Christian Gospel to Muslims. He also wants to help equip the Christian Church to effectively do the same.

  • Faith Notes: June 3 luncheon to focus on 'Biblical justice'

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    An informal luncheon entitled  “What is Biblical Justice?” is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 at Crossings Community Center, 10255 N Pennsylvania. The luncheon is designed for attorneys and those in the compassionate care service industry. Box lunches will be available for $10 or participants may bring their own brown bag […]

  • LifeChurch.tv's YouVersion features 'Duck Dynasty' stars' Bible plan

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    If you are one of the many people who have downloaded Edmond-based LifeChurch.tv’s free YouVersion Bible app, you probably already know about some of the new Bible plans that recently debuted on the popular app. Two of the more notable new plans unveiled recentily include a Bible plan written by “Duck Dynasty” stars Phil and […]

  • Faith Notes: Weekend May 30-31

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    Here are several faith-themed events scheduled in the Oklahoma City metro area: Sunday, May 31 — The Southern Gospel quartet Forgiven will perform at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church, 3131 NW 50. Church leaders said the free event will include free ice cream and cookies. The public is […]

  • Oklahoma Methodists celebrate gains in faith professions, church plants

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    Delegates to the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference’s annual meeting this week celebrated a slight gain in professions of faith, something Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. says points to the beginning of long-term turnaround.

  • Summer spirit: Oklahoma ministry celebrates move with faith, fun and fellowship

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    The Faith in the Summer series kicks off with a story about Mission OKC, formerly called Truth Baptist Church, which recently celebrated its move to a new location with festivities and a tent revival. Also, as part of the series, Grace Living Center, an Oklahoma City area nursing home, gets a spiritual boost with the annual “Gospel of Grace” event.

  • Oklahoma City church enjoys multicultural neighborhood, outreach

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    Britton Christian Church in northwest Oklahoma City enjoys multicultural neighborhood, outreach.

  • Baptists offering training for proper cleanup and mold removal of flooded properties

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Office is offering special training Wednesday through Friday, May 27- May 29 in several locations across the state “to teach Oklahomans who have had homes or businesses flooded how to care for their properties by properly cleaning and removing mold,” Sam Porter, director of the convention’s disaster […]

  • No place like home: Norman congregation returns after repairing storm-damaged building

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    The congregation of Journey Church returned to its building at 3801 Journey Parkway in Norman on Sunday for the first time since the structure was damaged by a tornado May 6.

  • Oklahoma City church group plans fundraiser for Bridge Creek storm survivors

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Kingsview Free Will Baptist Church in south Oklahoma City is planning a 2-mile fun run called the “NextGen Gallop” to raise funds for Bridge Creek storm survivors.

  • Oklahoma's Green family supports program sending Christian college students to visit Israel

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    The Oklahoma-based Green family’s Museum of the Bible is supporting a new program called “Covenant Journey” that will send Christian college students to Israel.

  • Faith Notes: Weekend, May 23-24

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Here are a few faith-themed events happening in the metro area this weekend: // // // Sunday, May 24 — A Buddha Bathing Ceremony is set for 10 a.m. at the Buddha Mind Monastery (pictured), 5800 S Anderson Road. Attendees will celebrate the Buddha’s birthday. For more information, call 869-0501 or go to www.ctbuddhamind.org. — […]

  • Nonprofit helps seniors give up their keys, not their mobility

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    New local nonprofit aims to keep older adults on the road

  • Faith Notes: Weekend May 16-17

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Here are several faith-themed events scheduled for the weekend, May 16-17:   Saturday, May 16 — The Gospel of Grace is set for 2 p.m. at Grace Living Center, 1913 NE 50. Free event will include gospel music and poetry plus smoked brisket dinners will be sold as a fundraiser. For more information, call 427-5414. […]

  • Oklahoma numbers buck some U.S. trends regarding religion, study says

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Mainline Protestant churches in Oklahoma increased while evangelical congregations declined from 2007 to 2014, according to a recent religion study conducted by the Pew Research Center.

  • Grateful grad

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    The Southern Nazarene University campus family recently celebrated the graduation of a Haitian student whose journey to the Bethany school began in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake in his native country.

  • Hobby Lobby's Barbara Green receives religious liberty award

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Barbara Green, matriarch of the Green family that founded Oklahoma City-based retailer Hobby Lobby, recently received the highest honor awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a religious liberty law firm. Green (pictured in an AP Photo) received the firm’s Canterbury Medal at the recent 20th anniversary Canterbury Medal Dinner for her defense of […]

  • Oklahomans, both faith-filled and secular, express little surprise by decline in Christian population across country

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Christianity declined in America while the religiously unaffiliated rose sharply in the same seven-year span, according to the findings of an extensive study released Tuesday by the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center.

  • Faith Notes: Recording artist Byron Cage to visit OKC

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Fifth Street Baptist Church will host Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist Byron Cage at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at 801 NE 5.  Cage, whose hit songs include “Presence of the Lord is Here,” “Shabach”  and “Goodbye,” is being brought to the city by Ice Event Center, said the Rev. A. Byron Coleman, Fifth Street’s […]




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Carla Hinton Mon, Jun. 01 2015 02:39:13 PM CST Faith Notes: June 3 luncheon to focus on 'Biblical justice': Carla HintonAn informal luncheon entitled "What i... LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 30 2015 08:05:13 AM CST Faith Notes: Weekend May 30-31: Carla HintonHere are several faith-themed events scheduled in the Oklahoma Cit... LINK
Carla Hinton Tue, May. 26 2015 05:31:34 PM CST Baptists offering training for proper cleanup and mold removal of flooded properties: Carla HintonThe Baptist ... LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, May. 25 2015 10:21:53 PM CST Really want the Warriors to close this series out with the Rockets but they aren't listening to me. #GetItOverWith #LetCurryRest
Carla Hinton Mon, May. 25 2015 10:23:38 AM CST RT @BillyGraham: Touching memories from Billy Graham on the soldiers he met & ministered to on the front lines LINK #Memo…
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 22 2015 03:03:12 PM CST RT @ptokc: Reading "Oh, the Places You'll Go" for our last afternoon meeting of the school year. #oklaed LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 22 2015 11:06:47 AM CST Faith Notes: Weekend, May 23-24: Carla HintonHere are a few faith-themed events happening in the metro area th... LINK
Carla Hinton Tue, May. 19 2015 03:42:05 PM CST Repeat tweet with better link: Me & Katherine Freund in OKC. Read my story on her nonprofit: LINK LINK
Carla Hinton Tue, May. 19 2015 03:34:39 PM CST Me and Katherine Freund.. Read my story about her agency keeping older adults mobile: http//tinyurl.com/kvly5gg LINK
Carla Hinton Sun, May. 17 2015 07:15:01 PM CST @KingDSeals @briOKC Hmm
Carla Hinton Sun, May. 17 2015 09:12:53 AM CST "Joy is a journey not a destination." - Rev. Clark Mitchell, sr. pastor of Journey Church of Norman
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 05:52:42 PM CST @bobby_griffith @ULIoklahoma @citypresokc @Servenator @AnthemBrewing Had phone on vibrate @ event. Would have heard message alert otherwise.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 05:29:18 PM CST @bobby_griffith @ULIoklahoma @citypresokc @Servenator @AnthemBrewing Rats! When is the next one?!
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 05:26:35 PM CST @bobby_griffith @ULIoklahoma @citypresokc @Servenator @AnthemBrewing Did I miss this? Is it coming soon?
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 04:00:41 PM CST @Jeff_Lara @captcharlotte It's always inspirational!
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 01:48:02 PM CST Oh well... the things we remember from our childhood... #StrollingDownMemoryLane
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 01:46:58 PM CST Baby Burger ( for me). When my parents divorced, going & not ordering the trio of burgers (because we weren't a trio anymore) broke my heart
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 01:44:57 PM CST I do have a sad memory about that A&W drive-in. I went there as a litte girl w/my parents& we would order a Papa Burger, Mama Burger &
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 01:42:55 PM CST Just drove onto NE Grand Blvd along I-44 for a story. Does anybody remember the A&W Root Beer drive-in that used to be over there?#GoodTimes

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