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


  • Moving on: Oklahoma City congregation holds last service in Epworth church building

    By Carla Hinton

    Religion Editor

    chinton@oklahoman.com

    | Published: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    Members of Epworth United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City bid their church goodbye and will start a new chapter Sunday as part of a merged congregation called Mosaic.

  • Oklahoma Methodists continue dialogue with American Indians

    By Carla Hinton

    Religion Editor

    chinton@oklahoman.com

    | Published: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    About 500 delegates at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference spent time visiting American Indian Methodist churches in the Oklahoma City area and listening to members share stories of their history that are not often discussed.

  • Moving on: Oklahoma City congregation holds last service in Epworth church building

    By Carla Hinton

    Religion Editor

    chinton@opubco.com

    | Updated: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    Members of Epworth United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City bid their church goodbye and will start a new chapter Sunday as part of a merged congregation called Mosaic.

  • Oklahoma Methodists continue dialogue with American Indians

    By Carla Hinton

    Religion Editor

    chinton@oklahoman.com

    | Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Oklahoma Methodists are continuing their quest to dialogue with American Indians and raise awareness of American Indian Methodist churches. About 500 delegates at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference spent time visiting American Indian Methodist churches in the  Oklahoma City area  and listening to members share stories of their history that are not often discussed. The Rev. Robert Hayes Jr., bishop of the Oklahoma Methodist conference, said the activities held during the May 25-28 annual meeting in Oklahoma City were part of the conference’s Act of Repentance aimed at educating Methodists about the significant role indigenous peoples played in the growth of Methodism in the state and the nation.

  • Longtime jail chaplain prepares to retire

    By Carla Hinton

    Religion Editor

    chinton@opubco.com

    | Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    A longtime jail chaplain said he spent 20 years in prison ministry because he loved to see faith transform the lives of those behind bars. San Nguyen, a Vietnamese American Catholic deacon, is retiring July 1 after serving the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City as a chaplain at the Oklahoma County jail. Nguyen, 75, said countless people at the county jail told him their personal stories over the years and he, in turn, shared his own extraordinary story and the greatest story of all — the story of Christ. “I found out the true story of the prisons behind the scenes and I love the people there,” he said. “I learned the true story about why they commit crimes, and I come to give them the

  • Longtime jail chaplain prepares for retirement

    By Carla Hinton

    Religion Editor

    chinton@opubco.com

    | Published: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    A longtime jail chaplain said he spent 20 years in prison ministry because he loved to see faith transform the lives of those behind bars. San Nguyen, a Vietnamese American Catholic deacon, is retiring July 1 after serving the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City as a chaplain at the Oklahoma County Jail. Nguyen, 75, said countless people at the county jail told him their personal stories over the years and he, in turn, shared his own extraordinary story and the greatest story of all — the story of Christ. "I found out the true story of the prisons behind the scenes and I love the people there," he said. "I learned the true story about why they commit crimes, and I come to give them the Gospel." The Most. Rev.

  • Faith Notes: Weekend June 6-7

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    The faith community has several activities planned for Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7. Here’s are few events planned for the weekend: Saturday, June 6  // // // The Del City Gospel Singing will be at 7 p.m. at Del City First Church of the Nazarene, 4701 SE 26. Guest singers for the free […]

  • Muslims respond to pastor's intention to share gospel with Islamic world

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Two Oklahoma Muslims, Sheryl Siddiqui, of Tulsa, and Saad Mohammad, of Oklahoma City, share their thoughts about the plans of the Rev. Mateen Elass, a former Muslim turned Edmond minister, to go into full-time ministry to convert Muslims to Christianity.

  • Edmond minister to step down from pastorate to cultivate Muslim 'mission field'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The Rev. Mateen Elass, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, is leaving the pastorate to devote his time to preaching the Christian Gospel to Muslims. He also wants to help equip the Christian Church to effectively do the same.

  • Faith Notes: June 3 luncheon to focus on 'Biblical justice'

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    An informal luncheon entitled  “What is Biblical Justice?” is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 at Crossings Community Center, 10255 N Pennsylvania. The luncheon is designed for attorneys and those in the compassionate care service industry. Box lunches will be available for $10 or participants may bring their own brown bag […]

  • LifeChurch.tv's YouVersion features 'Duck Dynasty' stars' Bible plan

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    If you are one of the many people who have downloaded Edmond-based LifeChurch.tv’s free YouVersion Bible app, you probably already know about some of the new Bible plans that recently debuted on the popular app. Two of the more notable new plans unveiled recentily include a Bible plan written by “Duck Dynasty” stars Phil and […]

  • Faith Notes: Weekend May 30-31

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    Here are several faith-themed events scheduled in the Oklahoma City metro area: Sunday, May 31 — The Southern Gospel quartet Forgiven will perform at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church, 3131 NW 50. Church leaders said the free event will include free ice cream and cookies. The public is […]

  • Summer spirit: Oklahoma ministry celebrates move with faith, fun and fellowship

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    The Faith in the Summer series kicks off with a story about Mission OKC, formerly called Truth Baptist Church, which recently celebrated its move to a new location with festivities and a tent revival. Also, as part of the series, Grace Living Center, an Oklahoma City area nursing home, gets a spiritual boost with the annual “Gospel of Grace” event.

  • Oklahoma Methodists celebrate gains in faith professions, church plants

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    Delegates to the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference’s annual meeting this week celebrated a slight gain in professions of faith, something Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. says points to the beginning of long-term turnaround.

  • Oklahoma City church enjoys multicultural neighborhood, outreach

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    Britton Christian Church in northwest Oklahoma City enjoys multicultural neighborhood, outreach.

  • Baptists offering training for proper cleanup and mold removal of flooded properties

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Office is offering special training Wednesday through Friday, May 27- May 29 in several locations across the state “to teach Oklahomans who have had homes or businesses flooded how to care for their properties by properly cleaning and removing mold,” Sam Porter, director of the convention’s disaster […]

  • Oklahoma's Green family supports program sending Christian college students to visit Israel

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    The Oklahoma-based Green family’s Museum of the Bible is supporting a new program called “Covenant Journey” that will send Christian college students to Israel.

  • Oklahoma City church group plans fundraiser for Bridge Creek storm survivors

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Kingsview Free Will Baptist Church in south Oklahoma City is planning a 2-mile fun run called the “NextGen Gallop” to raise funds for Bridge Creek storm survivors.

  • No place like home: Norman congregation returns after repairing storm-damaged building

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    The congregation of Journey Church returned to its building at 3801 Journey Parkway in Norman on Sunday for the first time since the structure was damaged by a tornado May 6.

  • Faith Notes: Weekend, May 23-24

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Here are a few faith-themed events happening in the metro area this weekend: // // // Sunday, May 24 — A Buddha Bathing Ceremony is set for 10 a.m. at the Buddha Mind Monastery (pictured), 5800 S Anderson Road. Attendees will celebrate the Buddha’s birthday. For more information, call 869-0501 or go to www.ctbuddhamind.org. — […]




Carla Hinton Sun, Jul. 05 2015 11:14:26 AM CST Wade in the water ...: Carla HintonI was very little but I remember being baptized by Rev. Albritton at Tabith... LINK
Carla Hinton Tue, Jun. 30 2015 08:22:17 PM CST RT @Blake_Gideon: @robinmarsh9 ..If they are successful in removing the 10 Commandments from State Capitol, we will take them at EFBC and d…
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 28 2015 08:13:12 PM CST I'm at an Oklahoma lake with photographer @sarahcphipps. She's preparing to take great photos as usual. Story coming. LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, Jun. 27 2015 09:38:51 PM CST RT @brianbuettner: Congratulations to my newly ordained brothers, Fr. Aaron Foshee (@ajfoshee), Fr. Daniel Grover, and… https://t.co/UHGhXi…
Carla Hinton Sat, Jun. 27 2015 07:15:43 PM CST RT @AdamSoltani: Beautiful photos from CAIR Oklahoma's Iftar at the State Capitol this past Thursday. Photos courtesy of Kemo... LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, Jun. 27 2015 06:42:35 PM CST RT @rzollAP: #Episcopal Bishop Curry says his elex as 1st black presiding bishop is ``movement of God's spirit,'' @AP #gc78 LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, Jun. 27 2015 10:39:32 AM CST Faith Notes: Weekend June 27-28: Carla HintonHere are several faith-themed events happening in the metro area ... LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:14:55 PM CST The moon is hiding tonight. Wonderful evening for a power walk in the park. LINK
Carla Hinton Wed, Jun. 24 2015 06:53:00 PM CST See Falls Creek evening worship service live tonight: Carla Hinton  DAVIS -- Falls Creek Baptist Conference is... LINK
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Carla Hinton Mon, Jun. 22 2015 03:21:17 PM CST Hadn't had a dip of Braum's ice cream since Xmas. I'm 38 lbs lighter so I'm treating myself to a dip of Braum's pistachio almond. #Yum
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 21 2015 10:13:44 PM CST KFOR did a wonderful job with the tribute to Bob Barry Jr. It really captured the essence of who he was. He will be missed.
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 21 2015 07:58:05 PM CST @bobbyross She got her preach on.
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 21 2015 07:38:39 PM CST "When you can't even go to church & be safe, it's a crisis."-OK Sen. Anastasia Pittman #OKCPraysTogether
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 21 2015 07:32:43 PM CST "We will not lay down & be divided by evil."- Rev. D. Lavel Crawford, Avery Chapel AME Church #OKCPraysTogether
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 21 2015 07:26:42 PM CST "What do you do when you live in a world filled with hate?The answer is you just keep on loving."-OKC Councilman J. Pettis#OKCPRAYSTOGETHER
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 21 2015 07:22:23 PM CST "Lord, we say thank you that we can come together to promote the kingdom of God"-Rev. James Dunbar, Greater Cleaves #OKCPraysTogether
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 21 2015 07:18:19 PM CST Faith leaders, people from different faith traditions & Christian denominations are gathered to pray for Charleston. #OKCPraysTogether
Carla Hinton Sat, Jun. 20 2015 09:06:13 PM CST I am so sad to hear about Bob Barry Jr. I listened to his show on the Sports Animal every day on my way to work. I'm praying for his family.
Carla Hinton Sat, Jun. 20 2015 04:39:26 PM CST My coworker Ebony Dallas is holding her own here at the Juneteenth celebration @ Washington Park.People like her art. LINK

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