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

  • Wade in the water ...

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    I was very little but I remember being baptized by Rev. Albritton at Tabitha Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City. I remember being intrigued when I saw people being baptized from the pews but I was a little terrified when it came time for me to get into the baptistery myself. I understood some of […]

  • 'Minute Motivators': Oklahoma pastor, armed forces retiree team up to write inspirational book for military

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Rev. Stan Toler and retired Brig. Gen. Robert Redwine wrote "Minute Motivators for The Military: Quick Inspiration for the Time of Your Life." Toler is founder and executive director of the Center for Pastoral Leadership at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma, and Redwine is an SNU graduate.

  • Franklin Graham festival leaders continue ministry classes at Oklahoma City-area churches

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    As the date for Oklahoma City's Good News Festival with Franklin Graham nears, more activities bringing together metro-area churches are planned.

  • Popular Women of Faith speakers are saying 'farewell' on last tour

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Women of Faith will bring "Loved: The Farewell Tour" to Oklahoma City on July 24-25. In 20 years, the Women of Faith conference ministry made popular by Luci Swindoll, Patsy Clairmont, Thelma Wells, Sheila Walsh, Marilyn Meberg and others has spoken to more than 5 million women around the world.

  • Edmond First Baptist plans flag plaza dedication, picnic

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    First Baptist Church of Edmond will dedicate a new flag plaza Saturday at the church, 1300 E 33rd St.

  • Oklahoma City philanthropist shares tips on living a 'joy-filled life'

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Oklahoma City businesswoman and philanthropist Mo Anderson, known for her kind heart and generous spirit, shares wisdom and "Mo-Mentum Builders" in her new book, "A Joy-Filled Life: Lessons From a Tenant Farmer's Daughter ... Who Became a CEO" (Tate Publishing).

  • Pastor, parishioners' monthly stop at Oklahoma City eatery combines waffles and the Word

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor  | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Rev. Price Oswalt combines his love of waffles and the Word by inviting his parishioners at St. Joseph Old Cathedral to join him for a monthly stop at Waffle Champion, 1212 N Walker in Oklahoma City.

  • Priest has eye on downtown parish, plus Warr Acres chapel

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Rev. Price Oswalt, pastor of St. Joseph Old Cathedral in Oklahoma City, opened Holy Innocents Chapel next door to Outpatient Services for Women in a small office complex in Warr Acres in 2013.

  • Religious leaders in Oklahoma, Satanist spokesman weigh in

    By Carla Hinton Religion | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Religious leaders in Oklahoma and a Satanist group from New York gave their reaction to the state Supreme Court ruling that the Ten Commandments monument should not be displayed on the state Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City.

  • What they said: Clergy leaders, others weigh in on same-sex marriage ruling

    BY CARLA HINTON Staff | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The Rev. Anthony L. Jordan, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma executive director- treasurer: “Nothing has changed and everything has changed. Our position on marriage remains the same because our God and His truth have not changed. Marriage is biblically defined as the union of one man and one woman. A Supreme Court ruling, vote of Congress, or poll of the people cannot change the truth of God’s Word. The landscape of law and our culture has changed. People of faith will face new challenges, and our religious freedom will likely come under assault. We will face those challenges with uncompromising faith and inclusive love for all.

  • Oklahoma clergy discuss security measures in aftermath of Charleston shootings

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Several Oklahoma clergy leaders said there's a fine balance between the usual hospitality offered by their churches and operating with a sense of caution that has been heightened by the killings in a Charleston, S.C., church.

  • Faith Notes: Weekend June 27-28

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Here are several faith-themed events happening in the metro area this weekend: Saturday, June 27 Buddha Mind Monastery’s 2015 “Veggie Festival” continues through 4 p.m. at 5800 S Anderson Road. The free event, which began at 10 a.m., will include cooking demonstrations, a cook-off and other presentations. A presentation entitled “Nutrition as it relates to the vegetarian” […]

  • Young Robertsons of 'Duck Dynasty' share their story filled with good, bad and God's grace

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Jules Jeptha "Jep" Robertson and his wife, Jessica, will visit Oklahoma City on Tuesday to sign copies of their book, "The Good, The Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family and Forgiveness" (Thomas Nelson, $25.99).

  • Emanuel Synagogue in Oklahoma City dedicates chapel in honor of longtime supporter

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Recently, members of Emanuel Synagogue in Oklahoma City gathered to honor Justin Gardner with a new chapel that bears his name. Gardner, 88, died in June 2014.

  • Hope grows in Salvation Army's garden in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The list of fruits and vegetables growing just outside the Salvation Army Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope in Oklahoma City is cause for excitement, those involved say.

  • First Baptist of Moore will celebrate 125 years

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    First Baptist Church of Moore became known as a beacon of hope after a massive tornado barreled its way through the Oklahoma community. The Rev. Kevin Clarkson said the church will celebrate its 125th anniversary July 5.

  • Okarche priest moves step closer to sainthood

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A Vatican commission has recognized the Rev. Stanley Rother, an Oklahoma priest, as a martyr. This brings him a step closer to Roman Catholic sainthood, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City leaders said Thursday. Rother was killed July 28, 1981, in Guatemala.

  • See Falls Creek evening worship service live tonight

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

      DAVIS — Falls Creek Baptist Conference is broadcasting a live worship service via a live stream channel at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 24. “Even though Week 4 of summer camp (June 22-26) was suspended, the spiritual impact of Falls Creek continues,” Andy Harrison, Falls Creek program director, said in a news release. Harrison […]

  • Christian camp leader leaves legacy of life without limits

    By Carla Hinton Religion | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    James Wheeler, executive director of Central Christian Camp and Conference Center in Guthrie, Oklahoma, died June 15 after suffering two strokes. He was 37.

  • Oklahomans have prayer vigil for Charleston, S.C., church victims

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    A prayer service Sunday at Avery Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1425 N Kelham, Oklahoma City, drew about 250 people to offer prayers for the Charleston, S.C., community reeling from the June 17 massacre at a historic black church.

Carla Hinton Mon, Aug. 31 2015 06:47:16 PM CST Crowds flock to Georgia to pay tribute to cancer-stricken Jimmy Carter: Guidance for pilgrims: “Don’t say, ‘I’...
Carla Hinton Mon, Aug. 31 2015 04:30:42 PM CST How 'War Room' Became a Biblical Box Office Smash: Outside of evangelical circles, the names Alex Kendrick and...
Carla Hinton Sat, Aug. 29 2015 10:38:58 PM CST Group holds prayer vigil at Ten Commandments monument: A group made up of metro area residents and individuals...
Carla Hinton Sat, Aug. 29 2015 09:37:16 AM CST I'm at a volunteer event for Kairos prison ministry.
Carla Hinton Sat, Aug. 29 2015 09:35:38 AM CST @OKRelig Thanks for the retweet! I'm reading "Fervent" now. It's very good.
Carla Hinton Sat, Aug. 29 2015 01:32:06 AM CST Q&A with "War Room" star Priscilla Shirer: Carla HintonPriscilla Shirer is best known as an author, speaker, m...
Carla Hinton Wed, Aug. 26 2015 06:56:07 PM CST No 'religious battle' over Middle Eastern attire, OU dean says: Carla HintonNORMAN -- A University of Oklahoma...
Carla Hinton Wed, Aug. 26 2015 11:47:43 AM CST Mormon Church says it will stay with Boy Scouts of America: Carla Hinton[img width="" height="" style="" rende...
Carla Hinton Tue, Aug. 25 2015 07:09:01 PM CST I'm at the Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice's award dinner for UCO Prez Don Betz. Event is at the Skirvin.
Carla Hinton Tue, Aug. 25 2015 05:02:27 PM CST Waiting on the NBA season to start. #Basketball
Carla Hinton Mon, Aug. 24 2015 02:03:43 PM CST Roman Catholic leader offers statement on death of Mark Costello: Carla Hinton[img width="" height="" style=""...
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 06:19:56 PM CST I got to go backstage and chat with recording artist Michael W. Smith for a bit. Story coming soon. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 06:14:51 PM CST RT @BGEA: .@Franklin_Graham those who came up front: "God already knows you're a sinner. He just wants to hear you say it." #okcgoodnews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 06:11:55 PM CST RT @BGEA: .@Franklin_Graham to those in their seats: "Don't let pride hold you back." Watch: #okcgoodnews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 06:08:39 PM CST Altar call is a sight to see. Kids, grey - haired folks and everybody in between are on the Chesapeake floor. #okcgoodnews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 05:09:22 PM CST The mass community choir is singing now at the Good News Festival. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 04:53:00 PM CST Gov. Fallin issued proclamations naming Franklin Graham an honorary citizen of Oklahoma and this as Good News Festival weekend.#okcgoodnews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 04:49:23 PM CST Gov. Mary Fallin is at the podium sharing her thoughts here at the Good News Festival. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 04:42:33 PM CST Anita Bryant is introducing Gov. Mary Fallin here at the Good News Festival. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 04:41:19 PM CST Anita Bryant has taken the stage here at the Good News Festival. #OKCGoodNews