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


  • Artists prepare for Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Artists spent Monday preparing their tents and art displays for the 2015 Festival of the Arts at Festival Plaza and Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma singers take crowd on journey from 'grief to triumph'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    An estimated crowd of 1,200 attended a special concert marking the 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing “9:02 We Rise to Bless You Still: Oklahoma City Remembers April 19, 1995 — a Musical Journey from Grief to Triumph” on Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City remembers: Episcopal Bishop

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    The Rt. Rev. Ed Konieczny, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, recently offered the following words and prayers to members of the Episcopal Diocese to mark the 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  This Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack at […]

  • Oklahoma City remembers: Archbishop Paul S. Coakley offers prayer for 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    On this day, the 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley (pictured), archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, offers a special prayer. Coakley offered a prayer at the Remembrance Ceremony still under way now at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and […]

  • Story & music to stir the soul: Defiant Requiem -- Verdi at Terezin

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    A triumphant story of people who found a way to be light in the midst of darkness was told in musical form during Canterbury Choral Society’s recent performance of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” at the Civic Center Music Hall. I was invited to attend the event by Edie Roodman, executive director of the Jewish […]

  • Partners in spirit and hope: Churches continue to help and heal 20 years after Oklahoma City bombing

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Churches in and near downtown Oklahoma City have continued to offer help and hope to the city and visitors in the 20 years since a bomb tore apart the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.

  • Clergyman urges Oklahoma crowd to “be the peace” in the community

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    The Rev. John Perkins, minister, author and social activist, was keynote speaker at several events in the Oklahoma City area as part of the recent “Reconciliation, Healing and Hope” activities sponsored by the Butterfield Memorial Foundation.

  • Popular prayer day event is moving from Oklahoma Capitol to downtown Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    The National Day of Prayer observance typically held at the Oklahoma Capitol will instead be held at in downtown Oklahoma City, said the event’s organizer Mike Jestes.

  • New faces, new places: First Baptist-OKC names new pastor

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City has named a new senior pastor. The Rev. Kent Berghuis (pictured) will be the new pastor of the historic church at 1201 N Robinson, Baptist New Global reported this week. Baptist News Global reported that Berghuis currently serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Lansdale, Pa. First […]

  • Faith Notes: Weekend, April 18-19, 2015

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Here are several metro area faith-themed events and activities planned for the weekend: Saturday, April 18 OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Darlene Shortridge at the group’s next meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mardel, 3300 S Boulevard in Edmond. Topic will be “The Road to Self-Publishing.” For more information, go to http://okcchristianfictionwriters.com. […]

  • Islamic mosque in Stillwater also the target of vandals, Muslim leaders say

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    An Islamic mosque in Edmond wasn’t the only Muslim house of worship targeted by vandals on Sunday, April 12. Several windows were shot out Sunday at a mosque near the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, an Oklahoma City Muslim leader said Thursday. Adam Soltani, executive director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council […]

  • Faith Notes: Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Here are several  faith-themed events happening today in the Oklahoma City metro area and beyond: — The Alzheimer’s Association, in partnership with the Ambassadors Concert Choir will present “My Story, My Song: Caregiver Stories and Inspiring Songs that Provide Hope, Encouragement, Faith and Peace” at 6:30 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 N […]

  • Money and power can't fulfill need for Christ, businessman says at Oklahoma City prayer breakfast

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Bob Williamson, of Florida, a successful businessman and entrepreneur, was keynote speaker at the 32nd annual CBMC Metro Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Faith Notes: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Here are several faith-themed events happening today in the Oklahoma City metro area: —  Terry Campbell of Falls City, Neb., will perform in concert at 7 p.m. at Del City First Church of the Nazarene, 4701 SE 26. The event is free. A love offering will be received. For more information, call 677-2330.   — […]

  • CBMC Metro Prayer Breakfast: Gov. Fallin looks back 20 years

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin said she could recall with clarity how good she felt after leaving the CBMC Metro Prayer Breakfast 20 years ago. The popular downtown Oklahoma City event had drawn numerous people from throughout the city and metro area to pray together and to hear the faith testimony of a Christian keynote speaker. Tuesday, […]

  • Faith Notes: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Here are several faith-themed events and presentations happening in the Oklahoma City metro area today:   Mark Christian (pictured) will speak at 7 p.m. in the Scholar’s Room at Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. Christian’s topic will be “Islam & Christianity: A Former Muslim’s Perspective. For more […]

  • Baptist mission board president to speak in Edmond

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    The Rev. David Platt, a prominent Southern Baptist Convention leader, will speak at First Baptist Church of Edmond on Tuesday as part of the SBC North American Mission Board’s “Send North America” gathering designed to encourage Baptist congregations to plant churches and become missionaries in their own communities. Platt is president of the SBC’s North American Mission Board.

  • Flying nun? Tulsa nun plans jump from plane

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    I was very young when Sally Field took to the sky as “The Flying Nun” on TV. I thought it was a great television show (again, I was extremely young) and even though I had no idea what a nun was, I thought it was pretty cool that Field’s Sister Bertrille could defy gravity. Comes […]

  • Luncheon forum: "Religion, Speech, Journalism and Terrorism"

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest-Oklahoma City will host a luncheon forum at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Raindrop Turkish House, 4444 N Classen. Entitled “Religion, Speech, Journalism and Terrorism,” the event will feature a keynote presentation by David Perlmutter (pictured), Ph.D., dean of Texas Tech University College of Media and Communication. In […]

  • Choir preparing for musical journey

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Here’s a video that includes some excerpts from the first full rehearsal of the “We Rise to Bless You Still” concert choir. The choir is made up of 168 vocalists who will present a concert at 5 p.m. April 19 at First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the […]




Carla Hinton Mon, May. 04 2015 10:10:49 AM CST Congrats to the Baby Face Assassin Steph Curry, the 2014-15 MVP. I've been watching him since that famous NCAA run he made with Davidson.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 10:04:20 PM CST @sarahcphipps Awww!
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 10:02:37 PM CST Timmy Duncan played like a 25 year old. The Spurs can't blame him for the loss. They can blame Chris Paul though ... #Great game for CP3.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 09:54:16 PM CST The LA shot clock guy will have to have a police escort. Tough deal. I think the Clippers would have won w/out the snafu but it's tough.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 09:47:30 PM CST Matt Barnes for MVP! #ThingsIneverthoughtIWouldSay ... Chris Paul. Blake ... Good for them!
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 09:43:14 PM CST Chris Paul! Clippers!
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 02:26:25 PM CST About to see the new Avengers movie! Just got the perfect seat in the middle of the theater.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 12:13:02 PM CST Faith Notes: Weekend, May 2-3: Carla HintonThe weekend has begun! Check out these faith-themed activities and ... LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 10:54:11 AM CST Was it a fluke that I met Kyle Dillingham weeks ago? No, it was a divine appt. Check out my LINK LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 01 2015 05:37:24 PM CST @MarjSpiritdove @TheOklahoman It's OK!
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 01 2015 03:37:01 PM CST It's amazing, as in Amazing Grace, what violinist Kyle Dillingham has created w/a box of broken violins. Story soon. LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 01 2015 02:20:44 PM CST Faith Notes: Friday, May 1 -- St. Joseph Old Cathedral to celebrate 125th anniversary: Carla HintonA special ... LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 01 2015 01:20:17 PM CST This is the dessert my colleague #BriOKC is enjoying at Bricktown's Room 222 restaurant. Fried Cheesecake a la Mode! LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 01 2015 01:03:19 PM CST Here's the Pulled Pork Sandwich w/Kale Slaw & Chips at the new Room 222 restaurant in Bricktown. It was fabulous. LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 01 2015 12:45:46 PM CST Trying out 222 Riesling pizza at new Room 222 restaurant in Bricktown. Delicious! Opens Tuesday at 222 E. Sheridan. LINK
Carla Hinton Thu, Apr. 30 2015 09:30:44 PM CST Watching Spurs vs. Clippers playoff game. Hoping they go to Game 7. I hate to see either one knock off the other. #NotTheThunderButOhWell
Carla Hinton Thu, Apr. 30 2015 12:47:58 PM CST Shawnee Frontline Church partners with DHS for the Finding Forever Families 5K Run: Carla HintonSHAWNEE -- The... LINK
Carla Hinton Wed, Apr. 29 2015 12:54:25 PM CST RT @_davemorris: Success! Congrats @kelfry and to all who rappel today #shatterproof LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Apr. 27 2015 04:54:19 PM CST Confession vigil opposing death penalty set for Tuesday, April 28: Carla HintonRestoring Justice Oklahoma will... LINK
Carla Hinton Sun, Apr. 26 2015 10:02:24 AM CST RT @briOKC: Walk on Western Avenue shows Oklahoma City's best -- and its worst LINK

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