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


  • Edmond woman hopes to expand Diversity Beans' sweet message to families

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    An Edmond mom is raising funds to expand her unusual candy business to reach more parents and children. Tracy Jackson, of Edmond, sells Diversity Beans, which are jelly beans with unexpected flavors, through her website, iCelebrateDiversity.com.

  • Scripture-reading is set to mark Day of the Bible at Oklahoma Capitol

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    In celebration of the Bible, several Oklahoma leaders will share their favorite passages of Scripture during a public event on Monday at the state Capitol.

  • New faces, new places: Several Oklahoma religious congregations have new leaders

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Oklahoma spiritual leaders settle in to new posts.

  • Magi-themed postal stamp for the holidays

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The U.S. Postal Service has issued a Christmas Magi Limited Edition Forever stamps.  The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the St. John’s Church in Washington, DC.   The stamp celebrates the biblical story of three visitors from the east who came bearing gifts for Jesus. The stamp art depicts the Magi […]

  • Baptists' Falls Creek expansion progresses in Oklahoma

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    Construction is progressing on the three buildings that make up a $12 million expansion project at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center near Davis, a leader with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma said recently.

  • The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Command is looking for a few Angel helpers

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    The Salvation Army is counting on the Oklahoma City-area community at large to donate Christmas gifts for needy children through the Angel Tree program. Deadline to adopt an “angel” and donate gifts is Dec. 11.

  • Volunteers, inmates prepare to to dedicate Oklahoma prison chapel

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    The new prison chapel at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center will be dedicated in a ceremony set for Saturday at the women’s prison in McLoud.

  • Oklahoma Baptists pledge stand against homosexuality, while offering compassion to gays

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    Vowing to stand against prevalent culture, Oklahoma’s Southern Baptists on Tuesday reaffirmed their long held belief that homosexuality is a sin. However, for the first time, delegates to the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s annual meeting crafted a statement expressing their intent to offer compassion for gays.

  • More on Hance Dilbeck, Oklahoma Baptists' new prez

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The Rev. Jeremy Freeman,  pastor of First Baptist Church of Newcastle, nominated the Rev. Hance Dilbeck to lead the state’s Southern Baptists today. Dilbeck (pictured), senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church, faced no other candidates for the post of president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and his election by delegates at today’s Baptist […]

  • Fail-proof your marriage

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    LifeChurch.tv founder and wife offer five commitments to fail-proof marriage

  • Oklahoma's Southern Baptists to gather for annual meeting

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    Prayer will be a primary focus of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s annual meeting set for Monday and Tuesday at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

  • Filmmaker discusses Civil Rights documentary, activist father

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Nov 8, 2014

    The director of a new documentary about the Civil Rights movement in Oklahoma City is preparing to screen the film for local audiences.

  • Methodist bishops gather in Oklahoma City for 'Act of Repentance' regarding indigenous people

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    A group of United Methodist bishops from around the globe joined together Thursday for an “Act of Repentance” event aimed at acknowledging the harm done to indigenous people by the Church.

  • Oklahoma City Salvation Army dedicates new Center of Hope

    By Carla Hinton, Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    With prayers, hymns and a few tears of gratitude, the new $15 million Salvation Army Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope was dedicated Thursday during a special ceremony in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma missionaries go back to Africa

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    Edmond, Oklahoma, missionaries Jerome and Shanna Crawford are planning to return to Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone to share food, medicine and the message of Christ.

  • Surrounded by "soul" food

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

    It didn’t take me long to figure out that I would get my fill of food covering the religion beat. I’m always surrounded by food and interesting cuisine. I can still remember my first Passover Seder, a meal in which the food helps tell the Exodus story (thank you again, Ann Dee Lee!). Then there […]

  • UM Bishops' panel draws criticism for excluding gays

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

    One of the more high profile sessions of the United Methodist Council of Bishops was held Saturday  morning in Oklahoma City in a closed-to-the-public discussion about the way gays are treated within the United Methodist denomination. The Connectional Table’s Human Sexuality Task Force was held from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in […]

  • 'Beardless one' from 'Duck Dynasty' talks about shaving and the show

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    He’s known as the “beardless one” in a family of bearded men and he’s OK with that. I’m talking about the Rev. Al Robertson, the oldest son of the Robertson family made famous by the hit reality TV show “Duck Dynasty.”  Al Robertson (pictured)  told me in a recent interview about how he teamed up […]

  • Faith and Family: New Bible highlights 'Duck Dynasty' clan's core values

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    The Rev. Al Robertson, “the beardless one” among the stars of the hit reality TV show “Duck Dynasty,” has teamed up with his father and Robertson family patriarch Phil Robertson to offer “The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible.”

  • ORU students are treating homeless this Halloween

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    TULSA — It’s Halloween and numerous Oral Roberts University students have already decided they will “treat” instead of “trick.” Turns out, they are treating the homeless as part of ORU Outreach’s fall outreach event. Instead of the usual trick-or-treating for candy, students plan to go door-to-door to collect canned goods to feed the homeless. All the […]




Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:52:55 PM CST RT @ScottWilliams: Jesus praying #KD's injury isn't serious and that he recuperates quickly during halftime, allow him to continue to compe…
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:47:38 PM CST OK I really don't want to see KD get hurt. Noooo! #Nightmareround2?
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:46:22 PM CST Roberson for 3!
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:45:37 PM CST I don't want to see Steph Curry get hurt. ...
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:43:49 PM CST RT @NotBillWalton: Obviously when Steph Curry shoots he activates magnets in the ball that are attracted to magnets in the rim. There is no…
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:18:35 PM CST And I think we got us a game ... #ThunderVsWarriors
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:06:12 PM CST Curry is one of my favorite players so I'm sort of torn. Love to see him get going but that won't be good for the Thunder ...
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:00:46 PM CST RT @JoelEmbiid: Heat check for KD
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 09:57:51 PM CST Warriors might want to guard a dude named Kevin Durant ... if they want to stay in this game.
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 09:53:22 PM CST RT @johnsowers: People will hurt you, use you, insult you, slander you, disrespect you, backstab and betray you. Love anyway.
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 09:52:54 PM CST IBLOCKYA to the rescue. Serge is the man. #Thunderup!
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 09:47:28 PM CST Trying to stay awake to watch the OKC Thunder battle the Golden State Warriors. #Lovethegame
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 09:41:22 PM CST RT @AndyHarrison: Maybe if Christians were better hackers they could keep some of these stupid movies from making it to theaters. #notreall…
Carla Hinton Wed, Dec. 17 2014 01:48:34 PM CST Save me from the cynical! Yikes! #NeededToVent
Carla Hinton Sun, Dec. 14 2014 04:38:37 PM CST Just saw the most beautiful rainbow! LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, Dec. 13 2014 06:03:27 AM CST Movie review: "Exodus" is entertaining, though not all biblical: Carla HintonI’ve got to hand it to director R... LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Dec. 12 2014 10:09:24 AM CST I'm working on a list of the top religion stories in oklahoma for 2014. Send me your top pick along with why you chose it & I may include it
Carla Hinton Mon, Dec. 08 2014 11:24:52 AM CST Oklahoma stained glass windows receive day in the sun: Carla HintonA local magazine’s latest edition features ... LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Dec. 08 2014 08:34:42 AM CST RT @drmoore: Our friends at the great Oklahoma Baptist University are in court today, arguing for their religious liberty against the HHS m…
Carla Hinton Sat, Dec. 06 2014 12:09:09 PM CST Sister Rosemary to be featured Sunday in 'Women of the Bible' TV special: By Carla Hinton, Religion EditorSist... LINK