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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Sister Rosemary to be featured Sunday in 'Women of the Bible' TV special

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, the Ugandan nun with Oklahoma ties, will be featured in actress Roma Downey’s “Women of The Bible” special  Sunday, Dec. 7 on the Lifetime cable channel. The Lifetime network said the special “provides a fresh look at the sacred text from the perspective of its heroines. Revealing little known insights about some of the most impactful women in biblical history. The special will weave biblical stories with commentary from some of today’s most impactful leading ladies and scholars from the faith community.” Nyirumbe will join a stellar line up that includes leaders in the faith community such as Kay Warren, Joyce Meyer, Victoria Osteen, and Christine

  • Roses for Our Lady: Oklahoma Catholics prepare to observe popular tradition

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    In a tradition popular among the Hispanic faithful, Oklahoma Catholics prepare to pay tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe through early morning church services, dancing, singing and lots of roses and other flowers.

  • Be an angel, help a Salvation Army 'angel'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Metro area residents have a few more days to participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

  • Edmond couple return from West African country ravaged by Ebola

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Jerome and Shanna Crawford, of Edmond, have returned from Sierra Leone in West Africa, where they spent three weeks offering food, clothing and the gospel to people reeling from the devastating effects of the Ebola outbreak.

  • Merry Mitzvah: Jewish group fills Christmas stockings with gifts for good causes

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City is filling 500 Christmas stockings to be distributed through Mental Health Association Oklahoma’s annual “Operation Reindeer” project. As part of that project, the Christmas stockings will be distributed to people coping with mental illness and homelessness across Oklahoma.

Carla Hinton Wed, Mar. 25 2015 10:26:16 PM CST RT @RedCrossOK: Shelter opening around 10:30 pm at Foundation Church, 7785 S Hwy 97, Sapulpa, OK for those displaced by tonight's tornado. …
Carla Hinton Wed, Mar. 25 2015 09:28:30 PM CST @BAMOK @DarnellMayberry I was thinking that would happen. Injury - ridden Thunder get the fallout ...
Carla Hinton Wed, Mar. 25 2015 09:25:19 PM CST @DarnellMayberry yep don't know what happened with the Mavs last night but this Spurs team looks awfully familiar. They out hustle teams ..
Carla Hinton Wed, Mar. 25 2015 09:19:52 PM CST RT @ZivaBranstetter: Only in Oklahoma do you get out of an earthquake town hall to find out about serious tornado damage.
Carla Hinton Wed, Mar. 25 2015 09:12:03 PM CST RT @Jeff_Lara: Here we go again. Headed to Moore! Very familiar with the area and ready to help. @Salvationarmyok #DTMG LINK
Carla Hinton Wed, Mar. 25 2015 09:04:37 PM CST RT @baptmessenger: Oklahoma Baptists Disaster Relief Storm Assessors Spring to Action by @baptmessenger - LINK LINK
Carla Hinton Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:46:10 PM CST RT @ksmcnutt: Full beautiful rainbow after the storm in north Oklahoma County. LINK
Carla Hinton Wed, Mar. 25 2015 06:57:20 PM CST RT @AndyHarrison: Hate seeing more tornados anywhere, but especially in Moore, Oklahoma. #praying
Carla Hinton Wed, Mar. 25 2015 06:55:47 PM CST At First Presbyterian-OKC. Good place to ride out the storm.
Carla Hinton Mon, Mar. 23 2015 01:26:54 PM CST Missed the wonderful video @sarahcphipps made for my story about Maeghan Hadley's wedding at 1 Day Ranch? See it: LINK
Carla Hinton Sun, Mar. 22 2015 09:50:35 PM CST RT @sportstoons: THUNDER DOODLE @russwest44 MVP. LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Mar. 20 2015 09:20:29 PM CST Great win for the OKC Thunder! Atlanta is a very good team but OKC said not tonight fellas.
Carla Hinton Fri, Mar. 20 2015 09:12:21 PM CST RT @OKmattcarney: How many quick-release shots could Morrow put up in the time it took Perk to do one? I'm guessing 7
Carla Hinton Fri, Mar. 20 2015 09:08:56 PM CST Morrow! Fire is burning under that dude! #Thunderup!
Carla Hinton Mon, Mar. 16 2015 08:24:45 PM CST This is good stuff from the Thunder! How bout that Mitch McGary? # He's a Keeler #ThunderUp #ThunderVsMavs
Carla Hinton Mon, Mar. 16 2015 05:57:46 PM CST Look for more from me on the "A.D." series and the show's producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey in the days ahead.
Carla Hinton Mon, Mar. 16 2015 05:56:20 PM CST Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the set of the miniseries "A.D.:The Bible Continues" (Premieres Easter Sun on NBC): LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, Mar. 14 2015 06:14:35 PM CST At a beautiful Oklahoma wedding! Bride has come full circle. Story soon. #JoyComesAfterTheStorm
Carla Hinton Thu, Mar. 12 2015 10:01:11 PM CST Cowboys & the Sooners have come alive in this 2nd half. Love both teams ... Nash and Forte for OSU & Hield & Woodard on the OU side. #OKwins
Carla Hinton Thu, Mar. 12 2015 12:44:44 PM CST @OU_Unheard Thanks for the folo!