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

  • Kirk Franklin ready to celebrate with Oklahoma City

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    "For those of you that think gospel music has gone to far. You think we got too radical with our message. Well I got news for you, you ain't heard nothin yet, and if you don't know now you know. Glory, Glory!!" Kirk Franklin in "Stomp" ------------------------------- Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin will bring his unique blend of gospel hip-hop to Oklahoma City on Friday, April 8. Franklin is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. at the new live music venue The Criterion, 500 E Sheridan. The concert is part of Franklin's "Twenty Years in One Night" tour. His most recent album "Losing My Religion" was released in November.

  • Citywide Unity Service designed to get Oklahoma City-area churches to work together

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 2, 2016

    Individuals and churches across the Oklahoma City metro area are encouraged to step past boundaries of culture and denomination for the second annual Citywide Unity Service, set for April 10 at Southern Nazarene University.

  • With grace and gratitude: Oklahoma City-based gospel singer Sandi Patty launches 'Forever Grateful' tour to say farewell and thanks to fans

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 2, 2016

    It was in July 1986, at the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, Sandi Patty's image was beamed across the country via television airwaves. But it was her voice singing the national anthem that propelled her to superstardom, becoming one of the most popular contemporary Christian singers.These days, Patty, 59, who lives in Oklahoma, is saying goodbye — not so much to her many fans but to the big concert tours that have been an integral part of her career.

  • Oklahoma City presentation features Tibetan bowls used in holistic program that now aid villagers' earthquake recovery

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    Mark Peebler, a California-based holistic healing practitioner and speaker, recently brought his healing and charity event called "333 Tibetan Healing Bowls" to Oklahoma City. The event also included the sale of bowls, made by villagers of Gilung, Nepal, to help rebuild their village that was rocked by a 2015 earthquake and aftershocks that hit Nepal.

  • Considering the lilies of Easter

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sun, Mar 27, 2016

    "The flowers give us the total sensory experience of Easter," said the Rev. Lawrence Stasyszen, abbot of St. Gregory's in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

  • Hip-hop artist to give Easter performance at People's Church NW OKC

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Mar 26, 2016

    Hip-hop recording artist Gregory Jerome will be part of the Easter worship experiences at People's Church Northwest Oklahoma City on Sunday. The musician, 37, is known for his socially conscious rap style and dedication to using hip-hop to uplift and educate those around him. He will perform at the 10 and 11:30 a.m. worship experiences at the church, 8512 Northwest Expressway. He recently performed a set with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic as part of its “Discovery Family Series” program on Black History Month. During an interview this week with The Oklahoman, the recording artist said he plans to perform “Glory” a song from his upcoming album, on Sunday. Though he was raised in

  • ‘Baptism’ renews ‘beauty and the best’ of historic Oklahoma City congregation

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    First Christian Church of Oklahoma City (Disciples of Christ) has been renamed Restoration Church at the Dome, a literal connection to its iconic midcentury modern building featuring a large white dome. "I think baptism is the perfect illustration for what is going on. It’s a new creation," said the Rev. Michael Canada, one of the church's co-pastors. "When you’re baptized, the best of you, the heart of you, remains. The beauty and the best stays."

  • Sacred and symbolic: Passover Seders at Christian churches are a growing trend in Oklahoma

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    Numerous churches across the Oklahoma City metro area recently hosted Passover Seder meals. Many of these Seders took place on Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter on which many churches commemorate Jesus’ “last supper” with his disciples, as chronicled in the Gospels. For the second year in a row, First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City chose to host a Passover Seder with Abby Jacobson, rabbi of Emanuel Synagogue, leading guests through the traditional Jewish sacred and symbolic meal.

  • Oklahoma Christian University hosts Yale scholar for lecture on Christian response to Muslims

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 26, 2016

    A Yale scholar will discuss a timely question in his public lecture set for April 12 at Oklahoma Christian University: Do Christians and Muslims believe in the same God? Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale University and founding director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, will address the topic as the speaker for OC's McGaw Lecture Series.

  • Oklahoma's Episcopal bishop reflects on 'A Word to the Church'

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    The days leading up to Easter are typically filled with special worship services and activities. This time period known as Holy Week is generally one of prayer and meditation for Christians. In keeping with this spirit of reflection, the Episcopal Church USA House of Bishops, gathering at a retreat at Navasota, Texas, created "A Word to the Church" for Holy Week. The Rt. Rev. Edward Konieczny, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma,took part in the retreat, where bishops unanimously approved the following statement: A Word to the Church Holy Week 2016 "We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others.

  • (Super)Heroes and villains at OKC synagogue's Purim party

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    With a much-anticipated blockbuster about superheroes about to premiere in theaters, I wasn't too shocked to see an individual wearing a mask and cape walking down the hall recently. Then I had to stop and think about where I was. I wasn't at the movie theater where a film about Batman and Superman battling it out was showing on the big screen. I was at Emanuel Synagogue, a Jewish synagogue in Oklahoma City. Wait. What? Turns out it was Colman Reaboi, the synagogue's cantor-educator, in the bright red superhero costume strolling down the hall. And Jeff Goss, Emanuel 's director of youth education, soon walked by wearing black, complete with an ebony triangular-shaped hat.

  • Foot-washing ceremony at Jesus House brings some to tears

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    Members of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church held a foot-washing ceremony at Jesus House on Thursday. The event, which drew 22 residents, brought some to tears

  • Students share faith as they mark Jesus’ journey

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor  | Published: Thu, Mar 24, 2016

    Hundreds of University of Oklahoma students and other faithful are expected to walk with Jesus on His journey to the cross as part of a popular Good Friday outreach on the OU campus.

  • Oklahoma City conference for religious leaders will focus on domestic violence and sexual assault

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 19, 2016

    Psychologist Mari Fagin could hear the disappointment in her client's voice as the woman discussed a marital counseling visit with her church pastor, regarding physical abuse by her husband. The pastor admonished the husband, telling him he should never hit his wife in a way that would leave bruises that other people could see. Fagin said she remembered the woman's sad story as she began coordinating a one-day domestic violence and sexual assault workshop for clergy and spiritual leaders in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City-based People's Church plans Easter Land theme park event

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 19, 2016

    With Easter Sunday expected to draw the largest crowd of the year to Oklahoma CIty-based People's Church, children who visit the house of worship's sites are in for a dual treat, a leader said recently.

  • Unlimited Skyline: Oklahoma City church building sees rebirth with new congregation

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 19, 2016

    A historic Oklahoma City building recently vacated by Epworth United Methodist Church is experiencing a rebirth of sorts as the home to Skyline Church. The building's new congregation formed about eight years ago and had met in the auditorium of SandRidge Energy in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC in 3B: Breakfast, Brunch and Basketball

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    Basketball fans hoping to find breakfast fare before catching some hoop action Saturday are in luck. There are plenty of Oklahoma City eateries and restaurants in or near the downtown that offer breakfast and brunch. Before heading to the Chesapeake Energy Arena for the NCAA Tournament games, see the city in "3B" and mix your breakfast and brunch with basketball. Here are a few establishments that offer brunch and breakfast dining: B is for blueberry ... as in the Blueberry Sunrise waffle at Waffle Champion, a gourmet waffle restaurant in the Midtown area.


    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    ‘THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT' PG-13    2:01    2 1/2 stars With its themes about refusing to conform to a forced, artificial way of doing things, it's a downer to see “The Divergent Series” slavishly follow Hollywood's recent trend of dividing the final book of a series into two movies to milk more money from a franchise. With the exception of the “Harry Potter” series that spawned the fad, the practice typically makes for contrived and padded storytelling — and typically the penultimate film in the franchise suffers the most.

  • Easter traditions are part of The Oklahoman's worship guide

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor  | Published: Sun, Mar 13, 2016

    EDMOND — Children sharing their favorite Easter traditions is a popular part of The Oklahoman's spring worship guide each year.  Included in the Sunday paper is a copy of the guide, which features students at St. Mary's Episcopal School answering questions about the Easter season. Children were asked about their favorite aspects of Easter and why Christians celebrate the holiday. Here's some of what they said: “I like when Jesus died and then He got in the tomb and on the third day an angel came and He rose again and then He went up to heaven,” said Chloe Condeluci, 7, first grade. She also enjoyed the more secular aspects of the holiday. “I have to do Easter at my condo in Florida,” she

  • Tutor takeoff

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sun, Mar 13, 2016

    Mercedius Jones remembers starting high school in Chicago with about 800 students in his freshman class. Only 200 of his classmates made it to graduation day four years later. Prompted by that memory, Jones, 26, didn't hesitate when his employer, Boeing, asked for volunteers to become Whiz Kids' tutors for students from the corporation's adopted Oklahoma City school.  Whiz Kids, a ministry of the nonprofit City Care, connects inner-city churches and suburban churches to offer free tutoring and mentoring to children in first through sixth grades at Oklahoma City area schools. The inner-city church typically provides a location for the one-on-one tutoring, and volunteers from both churches provide the lessons.

Carla Hinton Tue, May. 03 2016 11:44:45 PM CST @NathanPoppe Uh oh ...
Carla Hinton Tue, May. 03 2016 09:18:33 AM CST @stevelackmeyer @TheOklahoman That is sorely needed downtown. I have to read story because I'm mystified about "image issue."
Carla Hinton Mon, May. 02 2016 10:42:54 PM CST Sooooo Danny Green can shoot threes... who'd a thought? #WAKEUPTHUNDER #FOURTHQUARTER
Carla Hinton Mon, May. 02 2016 10:41:20 AM CST RT @Mecoy: You may see @BriOKC afoot this week as she sets out today to trace the path of Route 66 through OKC
Carla Hinton Sun, May. 01 2016 04:06:56 PM CST @EDGODFREY Funny!
Carla Hinton Sun, May. 01 2016 10:35:23 AM CST I'm at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in OKC for a special ceremony this morning.
Carla Hinton Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:19:17 PM CST @DarnellMayberry !!!
Carla Hinton Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:06:34 PM CST @DarnellMayberry I just got home. I am speechless about the score!
Carla Hinton Sat, Apr. 30 2016 07:26:28 PM CST Visiting w/Sister Barbara Joseph Foley as she & volunteers mark the 10th anniv of her downtown OKC food pantry.
Carla Hinton Sat, Apr. 30 2016 05:42:00 PM CST I'm at the Sikh Gurdwara of Oklahoma's Spring Festival. Lots of dancing! Story coming soon.
Carla Hinton Sat, Apr. 30 2016 09:18:09 AM CST Comedian Chonda Pierce plans to "Focus on the Funny" in metro: It’s impossible to get through an interview wi...
Carla Hinton Fri, Apr. 29 2016 09:48:52 AM CST Hanging out w/my favorite graduate today! Lining up for the processional. I get to escort Jasmine into the ceremony!
Carla Hinton Thu, Apr. 28 2016 02:18:13 PM CST RT @AndrewKnittle: Congrats to Nolan Clay and Randy Ellis, Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Famers
Carla Hinton Thu, Apr. 28 2016 08:29:59 AM CST RT @Franklin_Graham: The crowd in Oklahoma City was tremendous—over 5,000 people came out to stand together and in prayer for our country h
Carla Hinton Wed, Apr. 27 2016 10:43:41 PM CST @EDGODFREY It's pretty sad.
Carla Hinton Wed, Apr. 27 2016 10:07:20 PM CST The Beard to the rest of the Rockets: Am I in this on by myself? #Warriorsareonfire #NBAPlayoffs
Carla Hinton Wed, Apr. 27 2016 10:02:00 PM CST Watching the Warriors v. Rockets. Looks like it's going to be a shootout between Klay Thompson and The Beard. #GottaLoveIt NBAPlayoffs
Carla Hinton Wed, Apr. 27 2016 01:06:29 PM CST And that's a wrap ... Look for my story in The Oklahoman and on
Carla Hinton Wed, Apr. 27 2016 01:03:25 PM CST Evangelist Franklin Graham answers some questions from the media here at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Carla Hinton Wed, Apr. 27 2016 12:56:40 PM CST Crowd begins to disperse at State Capitol. Franklin Graham prayer rally ended with songs like "God Bless America."