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

  • Oklahoma City imam has a heart for refugees

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Imad Enchassi, founder of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, says he helps refugees because he has been in their shoes.

  • There's still plenty to say about pope's visit to America

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    These days, there's plenty to read about Pope Francis and his recent visit to America. The pontiff has returned to home to Rome but that doesn't mean that people in the U.S. aren't still talking about him and discussing (some are debating) his activities and his messages to the faithful and others in Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. Here's a short compilation of some of the stories and commentary out there: HuffPost Religion: "What Words Did Pope Francis Use the Most During His Visit to the U.S.?" HuffPost Religion 'The Blog': "The Pope is Catholic! Get over it!" NJ.

  • Oklahoma City church has big plans for animal blessing event

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    An elephant is expected to participate in Sunday's Blessing of the Stuffed Animals at St. Augustine Canterbury Episcopal Church.

  • Alan Robertson of 'Duck Dynasty' to speak at OC

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

     Alan Robertson, one of the stars of the A&E hit reality TV show "Duck Dynasty," will give the keynote message at Oklahoma Christian University's 65th annual OC Lectureship on Sunday at the school, 2501 E Memorial Road. Robertson is the oldest son of Duck Commander Phil Robertson and his wife Kay. He's often called the "beardless one" because of his clean-shaven appearance among the other men of "Duck Dynasty." A minister for 22 years at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, La., Alan Robertson will help OC kick off this year's lectureship series that will continue through Tuesday, Oct. 6.

  • Pope Francis' representative sent letter to Gov. Fallin on Glossip's behalf

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    A Roman Catholic leader representing Pope Francis sent a letter to Gov. Mary Fallin asking that she commute Richard Glossip's death sentence. Glossip is scheduled to be executed by the state later today at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the pope's personal representative to the U.S., sent a letter dated Sept. 19  to Fallin. "As the personal representative of His Holiness Pope Francis to the United States of America, I respectfully request, on his behalf, that you commute the death sentence of Mr. Richard E. Glossip," Vigano wrote.

  • Sandi Patty announces new album & 'farewell tour': OKC concert is 5/1/16

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist Sandi Patty announced her farewell tour today on on NBC's Today Show. The award-winning vocalist made the announcement during Today Show host Kathie Lee Gifford's segment "My Favorite Things." "Sandi is letting the world know that she is saying “farewell & thank you” through her upcoming 'Forever Grateful' World Tour," said a news release about the announcement. The tour is set to begin in February 2016. The Oklahoma City concert date is May 1, 2016 at Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland.   Tickets will go on sale nationally in November. Additionally, Patty will appear at Carnegie Hall this Thanksgiving 2015 for the Fifth annual

  • Tonight's blood moon: What's faith got to do with it?

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    A total lunar eclipse set to occur tonight will have plenty of folks outside hoping to catch a glimpse of this rare occurrence. Right before a so-called "blood moon" in April 2014, people in various faith communities were abuzz about this phenomena because there were to be four blood moons coinciding with Jewish feast days in 2014 and 2015.  Tonight's eclipse is the fourth of the blood moons coinciding with Jewish feast days in this two-year time frame. Some Christians believe the blood moons and their timing are tied to biblical prophecy in some way. Well known Christian evangelist the Rev. John Hagee wrote a book about this phenomena "Four Blood Moons," and a movie based on the book was released in

  • Oklahoma Catholics say pope has touched hearts during U.S. visit

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Maria Salas, a member of St. Eugene Catholic Church, 2400 W Hefner Road, said though the pope didn't visit the every state, his message of hope extends throughout the country.

  • 'Circus is about family and tradition'

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    A behind the scenes look at the Zoppe Family Circus at the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City.

  • 'Blessed are the peacemakers': Pastor, Oklahoma City police chief discuss community relations at International Day of Peace event

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Views by Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a local pastor, about how to ease tensions between law enforcement and minorities, were the focus of “Healing the Breach,” an recent event at Oklahoma City University in conjunction with the International Day of Peace.

  • Singer's dream: Gospel recording artist Sandi Patty partners with Oklahoma university to offer worship team leadership program

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Gospel recording artist Sandi Patty, who says she always wanted to be a teacher, is realizing her dream through a special partnership with Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City.

  • Pew Report forum in Oklahoma City focuses on how churches reach out to others

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    The question of what makes people want to attend a church and what seems to repel them rose to the surface at "Evening of Listening: The Pew Report, the Changing Church Culture," a recent public forum held in Oklahoma City.

  • Sacred dance: Pawhuska-based ballet group prepares to perform Sunday during pope's visit to Philadelphia

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Pawhuska resident Randy Tinker Smith, who created and directs "Wahzhazhe — An Osage Ballet," said she is thrilled that the dance will be featured Sunday during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia.

  • New pastor sets goals for Crown Heights Christian Church in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    The Rev. Aaron Krueger, of Edmond, will be installed Sunday as the senior pastor of Crown Heights Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma City.

  • Elk City native Kelli O'Hara to perform today at NYC show before papal event

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara will be among the celebrities who will perform during a show today in Madison Square Garden that will precede a Mass featuring Pope Francis. O'Hara is an Elk City native and an Oklahoma City University graduate. According to the New York Times, other stars scheduled to perform in the show include Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan and Jennifer Hudson.  The two-hour show preceding the much-anticipated Mass with Pope Francis is to include prayer and devotional music, according to the Times' report.

  • OKC archbishop expresses pride after historic address

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said he had seen the pope on Wednesday on several occasions, but the pontiff's congressional appearance on Thursday was particularly poignant.

  • Oklahoma Muslims observe Eid ul-Adha today

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Many observant Oklahoma Muslims are celebrating Eid ul-Adha today, Thursday, Sept. 24. It is the Festival of the Sacrifice, a celebration that often spans between three and four days. According to a news release from the Islamic Council of Oklahoma,  the Saudi government announced that the “Hajjis” (Muslim pilgrims in Mecca) observed the Day of Arafat on Wednesday , Sept. 23, the most imporant day of the Hajj.  Eid ul- Adha is the celebration that follows the Day of Arafat. "Oklahoma’s 35,000 Muslims who are not on their pilgrimage traditionally fast in solidarity with three million Hajjis, while the Hajjis spend the Day of Arafat in devout worship.

  • Oklahoma City priests participate in canonization

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    The Rev. Stephen Bird, pastor of Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church; the Rev. John Aram, associate pastor at Epiphany; and the Rev. Christopher Tran, pastor of St. Eugene Catholic Church in Weatherford, were concelebrants Wednesday at the canonization Mass for the Rev. Junipero Serra in Washington, D.C.

  • Oklahoma Baptists disaster relief volunteers are responding to California wildfires

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    A group of Oklahoma Southern Baptists are in California to help with disaster relief needed in the wake of devastating wildfires. Among the volunteers are members of First Baptist Church of Chandler, who offer a laundry service trailer for victims and volunteers. The Oklahoma volunteers are serving in San Andreas and other areas. Sam Porter, disaster relief director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said Oklahoma Baptists offer a wide range of disaster services. “From wildfires to floods, our trained volunteers have a heart to serve people in need to show the love of God. Our services include meal preparation, laundry service, ash removal, chaplaincy and more,” he said.

  • Pope to be featured on cover of Time

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    Pope Francis will be on the cover of the Sept. 25 edition of Time. The cover story about the pontiff's historic trip to the United States is written by Time Editor Nancy Gibbs and religion writer Elizabeth Dias, who is traveling with the Pope aboard his plane, known as "Shepherd One," throughout his visit.  In a news release, Time said the cover photo was taken when the pope arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington. On the pope's first visit to the U.S., Gibbs and Dias write that "he presented himself as pastor more than righteous prophet… He got so busy taking selfies with school children on his first morning in Washington that he was 20 minutes late to the White House.

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Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 20 2015 08:28:40 PM CST I'm at the Thunder game and KD is giving his teammates a pep talk, clapping his hands and what not. Coach KD ... I like it
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 20 2015 04:28:57 PM CST Conservative Christian Leader Blasts Anti-Refugee Rhetoric, Calls For Compassion: Russell Moore, the president...
Carla Hinton Thu, Nov. 19 2015 04:07:56 PM CST Mother Teresa to be canonized in September, report says | Crux: Read more on
Carla Hinton Wed, Nov. 18 2015 05:19:42 PM CST U.S. bishops approve statement that calls pornography 'mortal sin': Read more on
Carla Hinton Tue, Nov. 17 2015 04:59:08 PM CST OK Interfaith Alliance president: Paris attacks 'crime against all of humanity': Carla HintonDr. Carl Rubenste...
Carla Hinton Tue, Nov. 17 2015 03:41:34 PM CST Refugees are God's children, Pope says in wake of Paris attacks: Amid questions over whether European nations ...
Carla Hinton Mon, Nov. 16 2015 08:59:00 PM CST So that last play was my intro to Cam Payne. I'm liking what I see. That shot was great.#Thunderup
Carla Hinton Mon, Nov. 16 2015 06:53:05 PM CST Oklahoma Episcopal bishop calls for peace, prayer in wake of Paris attacks: Carla HintonThe leader of the Epis...
Carla Hinton Mon, Nov. 16 2015 10:59:11 AM CST OKC Natl Memorial Survivor tree will be site of Paris vigil on Tuesday, Nov. 17: Carla Hinton The Holocaust Re...
Carla Hinton Sun, Nov. 15 2015 11:23:51 AM CST Praying for Paris
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Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 13 2015 12:42:44 PM CST On a train headed up Pike's Peak...
Carla Hinton Tue, Nov. 10 2015 04:17:30 PM CST From Tent City to Tiny Houses: Churches try hip solution to aid the homeless. Read more on
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Carla Hinton Tue, Nov. 10 2015 01:25:22 PM CST Q&A with Caleb Castille, star of ‘Woodlawn’: DUNCAN—Caleb Castille plays Tony Nathan in the Christian-themed m...
Carla Hinton Mon, Nov. 09 2015 12:15:26 PM CST Rev. Antonio Coppola, rector of St. Maria's basilica-Italy: "The saint belongs to all people." #STMARIAGORETTI-OKC