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


  • (Super)Heroes and villains at OKC synagogue's Purim party

    (Super)Heroes and villains at OKC synagogue\'s...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    With a much-anticipated blockbuster about superheroes about to premiere in theaters, I wasn't too shocked to see an individual wearing a mask and cape walking down the hall recently. Then I had to stop and think about where I was. I wasn't at the movie theater where a film about Batman and Superman battling it out was showing on the big screen. I was at Emanuel Synagogue, a Jewish synagogue in Oklahoma City. Wait. What? Turns out it was Colman Reaboi, the synagogue's cantor-educator, in the bright red superhero costume strolling down the hall. And Jeff Goss, Emanuel 's director of youth education, soon walked by wearing black, complete with an ebony triangular-shaped hat.

  • Foot-washing ceremony at Jesus House brings some to tears

    Foot-washing ceremony at Jesus House brings...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    Members of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church held a foot-washing ceremony at Jesus House on Thursday. The event, which drew 22 residents, brought some to tears

  • Students share faith as they mark Jesus’ journey

    Students share faith as they mark Jesus’ journey

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com  | Published: Thu, Mar 24, 2016

    Hundreds of University of Oklahoma students and other faithful are expected to walk with Jesus on His journey to the cross as part of a popular Good Friday outreach on the OU campus.

  • Oklahoma City conference for religious leaders will focus on domestic violence and sexual assault

    Oklahoma City conference for religious leaders...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Mar 19, 2016

    Psychologist Mari Fagin could hear the disappointment in her client's voice as the woman discussed a marital counseling visit with her church pastor, regarding physical abuse by her husband. The pastor admonished the husband, telling him he should never hit his wife in a way that would leave bruises that other people could see. Fagin said she remembered the woman's sad story as she began coordinating a one-day domestic violence and sexual assault workshop for clergy and spiritual leaders in Oklahoma City.

  • Unlimited Skyline: Oklahoma City church building sees rebirth with new congregation

    Unlimited Skyline: Oklahoma City church...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Mar 19, 2016

    A historic Oklahoma City building recently vacated by Epworth United Methodist Church is experiencing a rebirth of sorts as the home to Skyline Church. The building's new congregation formed about eight years ago and had met in the auditorium of SandRidge Energy in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City-based People's Church plans Easter Land theme park event

    Oklahoma City-based People\'s Church plans...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Mar 19, 2016

    With Easter Sunday expected to draw the largest crowd of the year to Oklahoma CIty-based People's Church, children who visit the house of worship's sites are in for a dual treat, a leader said recently.

  • OKC in 3B: Breakfast, Brunch and Basketball

    OKC in 3B: Breakfast, Brunch and Basketball

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    Basketball fans hoping to find breakfast fare before catching some hoop action Saturday are in luck. There are plenty of Oklahoma City eateries and restaurants in or near the downtown that offer breakfast and brunch. Before heading to the Chesapeake Energy Arena for the NCAA Tournament games, see the city in "3B" and mix your breakfast and brunch with basketball. Here are a few establishments that offer brunch and breakfast dining: B is for blueberry ... as in the Blueberry Sunrise waffle at Waffle Champion, a gourmet waffle restaurant in the Midtown area.

  • Movie reviews: ‘THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT’ and ‘MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN’

    Movie reviews: ‘THE DIVERGENT SERIES:...

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    ‘THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT' PG-13    2:01    2 1/2 stars With its themes about refusing to conform to a forced, artificial way of doing things, it's a downer to see “The Divergent Series” slavishly follow Hollywood's recent trend of dividing the final book of a series into two movies to milk more money from a franchise. With the exception of the “Harry Potter” series that spawned the fad, the practice typically makes for contrived and padded storytelling — and typically the penultimate film in the franchise suffers the most.

  • Easter traditions are part of The Oklahoman's worship guide

    Easter traditions are part of The Oklahoman\'s...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Mar 13, 2016

    EDMOND — Children sharing their favorite Easter traditions is a popular part of The Oklahoman's spring worship guide each year.  Included in the Sunday paper is a copy of the guide, which features students at St. Mary's Episcopal School answering questions about the Easter season. Children were asked about their favorite aspects of Easter and why Christians celebrate the holiday. Here's some of what they said: “I like when Jesus died and then He got in the tomb and on the third day an angel came and He rose again and then He went up to heaven,” said Chloe Condeluci, 7, first grade. She also enjoyed the more secular aspects of the holiday. “I have to do Easter at my condo in Florida,” she

  • Tutor takeoff

    Tutor takeoff

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Mar 13, 2016

    Mercedius Jones remembers starting high school in Chicago with about 800 students in his freshman class. Only 200 of his classmates made it to graduation day four years later. Prompted by that memory, Jones, 26, didn't hesitate when his employer, Boeing, asked for volunteers to become Whiz Kids' tutors for students from the corporation's adopted Oklahoma City school.  Whiz Kids, a ministry of the nonprofit City Care, connects inner-city churches and suburban churches to offer free tutoring and mentoring to children in first through sixth grades at Oklahoma City area schools. The inner-city church typically provides a location for the one-on-one tutoring, and volunteers from both churches provide the lessons.

  • Together at the table: Communion is shared as Oklahoma City congregations join for first service

    Together at the table: Communion is shared as...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Mar 12, 2016

    On March 6, The Springs Church of Christ in Oklahoma City moved to its temporary home at Northside Christian Church, where it will share the church building with the independent Christian congregation that worships there. As members of the congregations joined for a short combined service at Northside Christian, they took Communion together.

  • 'Downton Abbey' tea raises money, awareness for City Care in Oklahoma City

    \'Downton Abbey\' tea raises money, awareness for...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Mar 12, 2016

    More than 50 Oklahoma City-area women recently donned hats and their best finery a la "Downton Abbey" for a tea party held to raise awareness and funds for the nonprofit City Care.

  • Candid approach helps pastor's wife shed light on darkness of depression

    Candid approach helps pastor\'s wife shed light...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Mar 12, 2016

    Julie Serven said she didn’t hesitate to write her first-person account of how she dealt with depression about a year ago.

  • Jam session: 11 contemporary Christian recording artists and bands on their way to OKC as part of annual winter concert tour

    Jam session: 11 contemporary Christian...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Mar 4, 2016

    Love for the music and camaraderie of the annual Winter Jam concert tour is shared by audiences and the contemporary Christian recording artists who bring their gifts and talents to the stage. The Oklahoma City show, set for March 12, will feature for King & Country, Crowder, Red, Sidewalk Prophets, NewSong, Tedashii, KB, Lauren Daigle and evangelist Tony Nolan.

  • Jewish Federation, other nonprofits pay tribute to Aubrey McClendon

    Jewish Federation, other nonprofits pay tribute...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Mar 4, 2016

    The philanthropic endeavors of Aubrey McClendon (pictured above) along with his love for Oklahoma City are themes found throughout the tributes and statements being made in the aftermath of his death on March 2.  The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, led by executive director Edie Roodman (pictured), recently released the following statement about McClendon: "The Jewish Federation shares the Oklahoma City community's tremendous sorrow on the death of Aubrey McClendon. Aubrey's generous spirit and dedication to furthering causes close to his heart left an enduring imprint on our city and state. He jumped at every opportunity to support our work and was always just a personal email away.

  • Sheltered from the storms: Ministry installs tornado shelters in Oklahoma CIty neighborhood

    Sheltered from the storms: Ministry installs...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 27, 2016

    Over a two-year period, FaithWorks in the Inner City installed an above-ground shelter and a dozen underground storm shelters for Oklahoma City's Shidler-Wheeler Elementary School and the surrounding neighborhood.

  • Oklahoma City church prepares for move with property sale

    Oklahoma City church prepares for move with...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 27, 2016

    The Springs Church of Christ in Oklahoma City is selling its property to a neighboring Baptist church and will temporarily share worship space with an independent Christian Church. The pending sale between The Springs and Quail Springs Baptist Church is just the latest extension of their ecumenical rapport. Sharing space with the independent Christian church is also in keeping with The Springs' openness to ecumenical endeavors, leaders said.

  • Capitol symposium to show teens what they can achieve

    Capitol symposium to show teens what they can...

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    A symposium organized by Believe Inc. hopes to show teenage boys from various Oklahoma City schools that they can achieve their dreams if they persevere. The "Making of Men" symposium will be held at 1 p.m. Monday on the fourth floor rotunda of Oklahoma's state Capitol building.

  • Muslims greeted by supporters, protesters at 'Muslim Day at the Capitol'

    Muslims greeted by supporters, protesters at...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    Oklahoma Muslims attending the second annual “Muslim Day at the Capitol” were greeted by both protesters and supporters as they entered the State Capitol building on Friday. “Muslim Day,” hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma chapter, was described as a day of workshops and sessions about civic engagement. About 100 volunteers gathered by the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma formed what they called a “corridor of support” on the Capitol's south steps. As Oklahoma Muslims walked between the volunteers, the supporters welcomed them and several escorted  individual groups of Muslims up to the building's entrance.  The supporters sang songs like “We Shall Overcome.

  • Supporters, protesters gather for Muslim Day at the Capitol

    BY Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    Religion Editor Carla Hinton live tweeted from Muslim Day at the Capitol on Friday. Read updates below:




Carla Hinton Today at 8:55 AM RT @edstetzer: We don’t know how to struggle with mental illness because the church is not a safe place to struggle. https://t.co/GPKSAwRAGF
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 10:55:02 PM CST Thunder will be ready to close out on Saturday. Come with it!#NBAPlayoffs https://t.co/V0AzN0AaQh
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 10:47:34 PM CST RT @jadande: Curry to crowd: “We’re not going home. We’re not going home.” (That’s the problem: they’re going to OKC)
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:55:33 PM CST Close it out Thunder! #NBAPlayoffs
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:53:43 PM CST OK Adam's is in. What's happening? Too many butter finger turnovers. #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:52:45 PM CST Adams needs to get back in the game before this gets out of hand. Period. #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:43:24 PM CST Nice classic KD shot. Glad to see it. #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:39:11 PM CST Westbrook is trying to do too much. Calm it down and close this out. #RussellHustle #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:36:10 PM CST Oh Waiters is in.
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:35:55 PM CST Need to put Waiters in. Nobody is running down court with Russ. Not fast enough, anyway. #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:21:17 PM CST We knew the tech for Draymond was coming, right? #EasyCall #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:43:48 PM CST RT @matt_judkins: To Morrow, to Morrow, I love you, to Morrow. #thunderup
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:43:25 PM CST Mo Buckets! Can't be mad at the big guy. Battle of the "Mo" shaping up: A-Mo vs Mo Buckets. #GottaLoveIt #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:39:39 PM CST RT @Thunder_Digest: Anthony Morrow just woke out of the cryo chamber like he's from Futurerama. my god
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:37:25 PM CST Morrow wants to close this thing out tonight. #AllTheWay #NBAPLAYOFFS https://t.co/DFjHjFpj6m
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:27:00 PM CST Miracle of miracles! The refs actually called a foul on the Warriors. #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:25:09 PM CST Thunder have to beat the Warriors and the refs tonight, apparently. #SadButTrue #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:16:39 PM CST @BeardenArtist Good point!
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:14:13 PM CST Refs are letting Draymond verbally let loose on the Thunder bench. Their officiating is already suspect. #KeepTabsOnDraymond #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 08:09:31 PM CST And the expected Curry Flurry begins ... #NBAPLAYOFFS

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