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

Top Stories

  • New beginnings: Destiny Christian Center in Oklahoma City marks opening of new sanctuary

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Destiny Christian Center recently celebrated the grand opening of its new sanctuary, which once was a tornado relief distribution center.

  • Oklahoma City churches lose and come up as winners

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Shartel Church of God in Oklahoma City recently won first place in the Lose to Serve church weight-loss challenge. The church won a new home to give to a member of its congregation.

  • Jam session: Monk makes sweet treat with blackberries

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    The Rev. Simeon Spitz, a monk at St. Gregory’s Abbey in Shawnee, makes Honey Berry Jam from blackberries he harvests on abbey grounds. The jam, sold at the abbey and the adjacent Mabee-Gerrer Museum, is no named because Spitz’s recipe for the jam includes honey harvested from bee hives at the abbey.

  • Breakfast was a slice of heaven ... with a little religion on the side

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    I’ve been savoring my Honey Berry Jam (pictured) from St. Gregory’s Abbey for a few weeks and thought I would have some of the jam on my toast for breakfast this morning. The  jam, a blend of fresh blackberries and sweet honey, has made my toast a slice of heaven today. And to think that I found the jam after seeing a […]

  • New Catholic priests are coming to a parish near you ...

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    The five men ordained to the priesthood today in Oklahoma City (see story in Saturday’s Oklahoman) will soon begin serving their parish assignments in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Here’s a look at where they will begin their priestly ministries: The Rev. Christopher Brashears will serve as associate pastor at Christ the King Catholic Church […]

  • The Five: Quintet being ordained to the Catholic priesthood in Oklahoma represents upward trend

    By Carla HintonReligion Editor,, Religion Editor, | Updated: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will ordain five seminarians to the Roman Catholic priesthood Saturday, heralding an upswing in priestly ordinations. Archdiocesan leaders said the archdiocese hasn’t ordained that many priests at one time since 1991.

  • Faith in summer: Oklahoma City metro-area churches keep kids busy

    BY CARLA HINTON | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Faith in the summer Outreach and ministry activities tend to be more creative as the warm weather lures people outdoors, and young people, in particular, have plenty of time to spend learning about their faith. For that reason, we are highlighting the many ways faith reaches out in the summer in the Oklahoma City area.

  • Billy Graham's evangelist daughter urges crowd to stand up for faith

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Billy Graham’s evangelist daughter Anne Graham Lotz challenged and comforted the crowd attending the Night of Praise and Worship event on Tuesday at the Church of God Convention at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City school to host music festival in First Christian Church amphitheater

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Harding Fine Arts Academy will host the Hawkstock 2014 Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the amphitheater on the grounds of First Christian Church of Oklahoma City, 3700 N Walker Ave.

  • Can't get enough blackberries ...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    In 2000, I was editor of The Oklahoman’s Community (Metro) section and I had a column that I frequently used to share some tidbits of community news. On one of my adventures for a column, I ended up at a farm where blackberries were grown. It called to mind an anecdote my grandmother had told me […]

  • Church looks back on rich heritage of faith to mark 125th anniversary

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond is celebrating its 125th anniversary with an Anniversary Mass and Dinner on Tuesday at 900 S Littler.

  • Concert alert

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    There are a bunch of  Christian concerts in the next few months, starting with Sidewalk Prophets (pictured) on Monday, June 23 at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. Here’s a list of several concerts: Monday, June 23, Sidewalk Prophets, 7 p.m. at Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland. Tickets: $10. Information: This event is part of the Church of […]

  • Church group partners to offer free meals for Oklahoma City-area youths

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    The Urban Initiatives program of the Church of God in Christ Oklahoma Southeast Jurisdiction is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer free meals for youths at various churches and other Oklahoma City-area sites.

  •'s new Britton & Broadway campus opening in July

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Just drove past the site where’s newest metro campus is being constructed and noticed a sign on the building that says it will open in July. I can’t help seeing the new church take shape since it is literally right across the Broadway Extension from The Oklahoman’s offices near the corner of Britton Road […]

  • Women of Faith conference headed to OKC in August

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    There’s a certain point in the summer or fall when people working or visting downtown Oklahoma City start to see huge crowds of women making their way to the Cox Convention Center. The large crowds of women, often wearing colorful T-shirts, converge on downtown for the Women of Faith conference. The popular conference ministry is […]

  • Feed The Children launches new logo and vision and introduces new food programs for Oklahoma City and New Orleans

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Kevin Hagan, chief executive officer of Feed The Children, said the Oklahoma City-based relief organization has been working for two years to “rebrand” and “revision” how it seeks to reduce food insecurity in America and around the world.

  • Church of God to host annual conference in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    The Church of God faith movement based in Anderson, Ind., will host its annual conference in Oklahoma City for the first time June 23-26 at Crossings Community Church.

  • Faith-themed films are included at deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Faith-themed films “Sewing Hope” and “Light From the Darkroom” are included at deadCenter Film Festival on Saturday and Sunday in Oklahoma City.

  • Like father, like son: Minister and his dad work together on new church for south Oklahoma City congregation

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Father-son duo Rick and the Rev. Bryon Akerman are leading a project to create a new house of worship for Bryon Akerman’s congregation called the Church of Acts in south Oklahoma City.

  • Vacation Bible school listing for the coming week ... and beyond

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    The weekly Vacation Bible school did not get in the print edition of Saturday’s (June 14) paper so I’m sharing it via the blog with the hope that those wondering which churches are offering the traditional summer Bible school events will see it. Vacation Bible schools Bible school events are scheduled as follows. Activities are free unless […]

Carla Hinton Sat, Jul. 26 2014 09:58:31 AM CST Community minded folks are busy this sunny morning. I'll enjoy sharing their story. It's coming soon... LINK
Carla Hinton Tue, Jul. 22 2014 09:29:22 AM CST RT @BAMOK: Love @reba's new #prayforpeace video and song! LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:18:08 AM CST I loved James Garner in his movies w/Doris Day & "Support Your Local Sheriff." Can't forget "The Notebook" my fav binge watch. #RIPMaverick
Carla Hinton Thu, Jul. 17 2014 06:24:23 PM CST OK I don't drink at all -- teetotaler, that's me. If I did drink, I'd have a pina colada right about now. It's been one of those days. #Busy
Carla Hinton Sat, Jul. 12 2014 02:53:18 PM CST RT @RELEVANT: In case you missed it, here's the first trailer for Ridley Scott's 'Exodus', starring Christian Bale as Moses. LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 11 2014 10:29:27 AM CST @tiffany_cooper @The_Jazzinater Thanks! I figured I might as well keep her!
Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 11 2014 09:42:00 AM CST RT @QSBCMissions: Today get your "Where was God?" tickets for the 7:20 pm showing at AMC. They are $5 at Quail Springs Baptist Church. Go t…
Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 11 2014 09:02:34 AM CST @bobbyross I know, right?!
Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 11 2014 08:57:42 AM CST Happy 20th Birthday @The_Jazzinater!!!! You have kept me on the ball for 20 years! Have a great day! LINK
Carla Hinton Thu, Jul. 10 2014 05:58:37 PM CST Saying goodbye to my old phone & getting a new one. I dropped old faithful over the holiday. Parting is such sweet sorrow ... #DramaQueen
Carla Hinton Wed, Jul. 09 2014 08:46:33 PM CST Planet of the Apes marathon on the SyFy channel!
Carla Hinton Mon, Jul. 07 2014 12:01:02 PM CST An interview to remember: Louis Zamperini: Carla HintonI was saddened to learn of the recent death of  Louis Z... LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, Jul. 05 2014 07:23:06 PM CST Visiting Hoover Dam. Luckily it's only 99 degrees. #MeltinginLasVegas #VegasFamilyReunion LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, Jul. 05 2014 12:12:42 PM CST RT @cforbesoklahoma: “Where Was God?” Showing at the Quail Springs AMC. July 11-17th LINK Please share! #WhereWasGod
Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 04 2014 02:28:34 PM CST @Travie4Prez is putting his thumb print on the family tree. Canvas with tree will go home with someone #Vegas2014 LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 04 2014 01:57:22 PM CST We're at a family painting event. More fun than we thought. Right @Travie4Prez & @The_Jazzinator? LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 04 2014 01:33:14 PM CST At the McGee Family Reunion in Vegas. Meeting cousins from across the country & Canada. #VegasFamilyVacation LINK
Carla Hinton Thu, Jul. 03 2014 08:21:05 PM CST RT @lancelang: "Hope Changes Everything is out now, go pick one up!" LINK
Carla Hinton Wed, Jul. 02 2014 07:22:27 AM CST Road trip! Listening to a little Sam & Dave, the Stylistics and the O'Jays.#KidsAreAsleep
Carla Hinton Tue, Jul. 01 2014 10:53:31 PM CST RT @JohnnaHurt: Find what is good for your soul, do that...