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

  • Crowd gathers for 'Evening of Listening'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    An opportunity to listen to the diverse experiences of others brought a crowd of about 250 people to St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday.

  • Pope offers prayers for victims of Paris attack

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    Pope Francis dedicated his early morning Mass Thursday to the victims of the Jan. 7 terrorist attack on a satirical weekly newspaper office in Paris, France, and their families. “Hours after the attack, Pope Francis condemned the killings and called on all people of goodwill to work to stem “the spread of hatred and every […]

  • Local Muslim group condemns Paris terrorist attacks

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK), condemned the recent shooting attack and murders at  the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.   Leaders of the Oklahoma group distributed a news release that included a statement from Nihad Awad, CAIR’s executive director:  “We strongly condemn this brutal and cowardly attack […]

  • Mighty ministry: Oklahoma City preacher combines Bible study, martial arts

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    The Rev. Tom Lyda’s taekwondo class at New Covenant Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma City combines Bible study with martial arts.

  • Religion year in review: Faith and spirituality played a key role in some of year's big stories in Oklahoma

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Religion played a key role in some of the biggest stories of 2014 in Oklahoma.

  • Mormons say 'The Book of Mormon' musical may lead the curious to discover their real holy book

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Several local Mormons said The ‘Book of Mormon’ musical may lead the curious to discover their real holy book

  • South side church prepares for final service

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    South Lee United Methodist Church prepares for its final service on Sunday, Dec. 28.

  • Gifts of hope: Oklahoma City woman finds hope of Christ through ministry for inmates' children

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    A northwest Oklahoma City woman who once was on the receiving end of Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree ministry now serves as a volunteer for the group, sharing the gift of faith and hope to children whose parents are incarcerated.

  • Inn search of Christmas: Downtown Oklahoma City Catholic church hosts Las Posadas activities

    By Carla Hinton
    Religion Editor |
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” — Luke 2: 6-7 Joseph knocked on the door as Mary stood beside him on this cold December night. “In the name of heaven I ask you for shelter, for my beloved wife can go no farther,” he sang out in Spanish, with Mary and a few others joining in. A crowd on the other side of the door listened, then sang together in Spanish: “This is not an inn. Get on with you. I cannot open the door. You might be a rogue.” The two groups sang back and forth at St.

  • Congregations commemorate Christmas journey

    BY CARLA HINTON | Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Oklahoma City-area congregations commemorate the Christmas journey with Las Posadas gatherings.

  • Families invited to visit St. Nick's Shoppe in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Families in need get an opportunity to choose gift and household items at the new St. Nick’s Shoppe, a program sponsored by Catholic Charities, an affiliate of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

  • Q&A: Royal Caribbean's CIO Bill Martin

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Bill Martin, Royal Caribbean’s chief information office, talks about the cruise line’s new “smart ship,” Quantum of the Seas.

  • New “smart ship” designed to enhance cruise vacation

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Quantum of the Seas, the new “smart ship” recently unveiled by Royal Caribbean, is designed to enhance cruise vacationing

  • Lights for Hanukkah nights fill Oklahoma City woman's home

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Oklahoma City resident Sherry Barton has many menorahs to choose from as she prepares to light up the nights of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights that begins at sundown Tuesday.

  • Movie review: "Exodus" is entertaining, though not all biblical

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    I’ve got to hand it to director Ridley Scott, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is pretty entertaining. And that’s how moviegoers should view it — purely for its entertainment value — because it is only loosely based on the biblical account of the Hebrew exodus as told in the Book of Exodus. Oh sure, there’s Moses […]

  • Ferguson, Mo., minister tells Oklahoma audience interracial unity exists in his city, though unreported

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Conley Gibbs Jr., minister of Ferguson Heights Church of Christ in Missouri, recently spoke at Oklahoma Christian University.

  • Oklahoma City theologian explains 'change of heart' in new memoir

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Oklahoma native Thomas Oden, a noted religious scholar and author, explains the journey to his spiritual ‘change of heart’ in a new memoir.

  • Mustang Schools still plans Bible class, but not with controversial Green scholars' curriculum

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    The Mustang School District will offer a Bible elective — it just won’t be one created by scholars affiliated with the Green family of Hobby Lobby, the district’s superintendent has confirmed.

  • Oklahoma stained glass windows receive day in the sun

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    A local magazine’s latest edition features the beautiful stained glass windows that add another dimension to the artistry found in buildings around the state. M.J. Alexander’s piece called “Reflections on Oklahoma’s Stained Glass Windows” in Slice magazine includes pictures and information on the stained glass windows to be found in places like Raley Chapel at […]

  • No need for 'freeze alert'

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Retail stores hawking children’s toys are basking in the frigid, snowy wonderland that is all things “Frozen.” Toys and gift items related to the hit animated Disney film are a veritable juggernaut this Christmas. The odds are favorable that “Frozen” dolls, games, stuffed toys — and everything in between (Band-Aids, watches, etc.) — are on the Christmas wish list of a little person on most shoppers’ lists. And it’s not just girls whose eyes are iced over for “Frozen.” Olaf, the talking snowman with the warm personality, is a favorite of boys, too, and he’s out there in toy land in the form of talking stuffed dolls, pajamas, games and almost anything one can find featuring Elsa and Anna, the

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Carla Hinton Tue, Feb. 24 2015 05:53:34 PM CST We're getting ready for the Mental Health & Faith forum @Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland. Begins at 6:30 p.m. Join us! #faithOK
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 23 2015 06:58:13 PM CST More on the book "Visits to Heaven: Are They Real?": Carla HintonMore than a few readers reached out to me thi... LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 23 2015 03:55:11 PM CST RT @HuffPostRelig: The United Methodist Church is pushing a new campaign on community health. LINK @unitedmethodist @GBOD…
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 23 2015 03:39:23 PM CST RT @jaclyncosgrove: .@OKRelig and I are excited to host "Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue" tomorrow at 6:30 at @crossingsokc h…
Carla Hinton Sun, Feb. 22 2015 07:50:07 PM CST @sarahcphipps @NewsOKPhoto Great photo!
Carla Hinton Sat, Feb. 21 2015 07:56:05 PM CST @annewilson Thank you for asking!
Carla Hinton Sat, Feb. 21 2015 07:55:47 PM CST @annewilson Yes it did hurt but i just kept going. Finger bandaged now and kids insisted I keep putting ice on my face. A fine Sat nite!
Carla Hinton Sat, Feb. 21 2015 07:30:35 PM CST So I fell on the treadmill @ the gym trying to retrieve something. Goofy. I finished the workout despite a swollen face & finger.#Motivated
Carla Hinton Wed, Feb. 18 2015 02:14:18 PM CST What's that on your forehead? It's Ash Wednesday: Carla HintonIt’s Ash Wednesday and chances are, someone you ... LINK
Carla Hinton Tue, Feb. 17 2015 06:02:15 PM CST Intersection of faith and mental health: Carla HintonIn a week, The Oklahoman and Crossings Community Church w... LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 16 2015 09:43:41 PM CST @HeatherHopeTV I agree! I just happened to catch it.
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 16 2015 09:40:19 PM CST OK I'm about to get loud and irritate my family ... Stevie is singing my song. This is fun on a Monday night. #TVgroovin
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 16 2015 09:35:03 PM CST @HeatherHopeTV @CBS She had a beautiful voice didn't she? That was just great.
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 16 2015 09:33:55 PM CST I probably cried as much as Stevie Wonder probably did when his daughter serenaded him with the song he wrote for her. That was precious!
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 16 2015 08:53:11 PM CST Strolling back down memory lane watching the tribute to Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life. I grew up singing those songs. #Goodmusic