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 up at the Jesus House

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    The board chairman of the Jesus House said the homeless shelter and outreach took another  step forward with the recent groundbreaking for a new GED and Computer Lab. Larry Davenport said the new lab will be about 528 square feet and be built as a separate building from the shelter’s main building at 1335  W […]

  • Edmond, OK, youths have blessings in the bag

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Youths at New Covenant United Methodist Church in Edmond created “blessing bags” filled with snack foods and toiletry items to give to the homeless and others in need in the community during the week of St. Valentine’s Day.

  • Church set to host summit on drug epidemic

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Freeway” Rick Ross will be the guest speaker at Divine Wisdom Worship Center’s Teaching and Saving Kids (TASK) community summit and forum on “Re-evaluating the Drug Epidemic in Oklahoma,” an event set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church, 8310 NE 10 in Midwest City.

  • Into the Night: Salvation Army team shares hope, tangible aid with Oklahoma City's homeless population

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    The Salvation Army’s new Night Watch Team takes to the streets in cold weather months to offer food, warm gear and shelter to homeless people living on the streets of downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Running the race: "McFarland USA"

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    I have a special place in my heart for runners because one of my sons ran cross country and track in high school and is now a member of a collegiate track team. For that reason, I’m looking forward to the new Disney film “McFarland USA” which tells the story of a group of cross […]

  • Faith and 'Fifty Shades of Grey' ...

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    With the movie 'Fifth Shades of Grey' set for nationwide premiere in a few days, I wondered what faith leaders around the country are saying about this film based on a bestselling book which some critics have said glorifies violence against women. I found some interesting information. For example, a Dallas pastor, the Rev. Young, […]

  • Oklahoma City church opens freestanding center and clinic in The Village

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City recently opened a freestanding community center and clinic in The Village.

  • Oklahoma City church stays independent after split with denomination

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    Putnam City Christian Church will remain independent after splitting from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination in 2014.

  • Civil rights film set for Oklahoma City premiere

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    “Children of the Civil Rights,” a documentary about the Oklahoma City sit-in movement, will premiere during a special event planned for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Oklahoma History Center.

  • The pope and Google Hangout

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Pope Francis is all about social media. The pontiff recently shared a conversation with seven youths from different countries during a Google Hangout. Here’s Catholic News Service’s story on the pope’s virtual gathering:   Catholic News Service:  “Discover Your Treasure, Share it with Others, Pope Tells Young People.”     Carla Hinton Religion Editor  

  • Concert alert: Winter Jam, The Bible Tour and more

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    There are several Christian/Gospel concerts coming up in the Oklahoma City metro area and Tulsa. Here are a few: March 1 — Winter Jam 2015-Tulsa, 6 p.m. at the BOK Center, 200 S Denver Ave. W, Tulsa. For more information, go to Winter Jam Tulsa. Featuring Skillet, Building 429, Jeremy Camp, Newsong, Family Force 5, For […]

  • Minister plans victory rally over demise of 'hoodie ban bill'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    An Oklahoma City minister leading a campaign against a so-called “hoodie ban bill” said his group will host a rally Wednesday at the state Capitol.

  • Hindu leader urges Oklahoma schools to mark Hindu holy day as school holiday

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    A Hindu leader is urging Oklahoma schools, public as well as private, which have significant number of Hindu students, to include Diwali, the most popular Hindu holy day, as a school holiday in their 2015-2016 school calendars and beyond. Rajan Zed (pictured), president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, issued a news release Monday regarding […]

  • Pastor shares testimony to encourage others in new book

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    The Rev. Herbert Cooper, senior pastor of People’s Church, shares his faith testimony to encourage others in his first book “But God Changes Everything.”

  • Evangelist Franklin Graham talks about challenges facing churches

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    In a recent visit to Oklahoma City, evangelist Franklin Graham gave a brief interview with the media to discuss his thoughts about the challenging facing churches and other concerns.

  • Oklahoma City church now offers Sunday morning on Thursday night

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    North Church, 1601 W Memorial Road, recently launched a new Thursday night worship service to kick off its weekend services.

  • 'Take a stand,' evangelist Franklin Graham urges crowd at Baptist conference

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Franklin Graham, president and chief executive officer of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, was Monday evening’s keynote speaker at the Baptist conference, a two-day event at First Southern Baptist Church of Del City, 6400 S Sooner Road, that ends Tuesday evening.

  • New year, new beginnings: Oklahoma City-area churches welcome changes in 2015

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    For some Oklahoma City-area congregations and houses of worship, 2015 brings with it a healthy amount of change in the form of new goals, new missions, new leadership and, perhaps, a new focus.

  • Oklahoma clergy leader pleased with Sunday's 'hoodie' focus

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Several Oklahoma City churches took part in “Wear-A-Hoodie-To-Church” on Sunday, a faith-based initiative designed to stand in opposition to proposed legislation that some ministers think would put some people wearing the hooded shirts in jeopardy of discrimination.

  • Exhibit features vintage pictures of Boley, one of Oklahoma's historic all-black towns

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    The new exhibit at Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, “Colored Memories,” features digitally colorized vintage photographs of Boley, one of the historic all-black towns in Oklahoma.




Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 10:04:20 PM CST @sarahcphipps Awww!
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 10:02:37 PM CST Timmy Duncan played like a 25 year old. The Spurs can't blame him for the loss. They can blame Chris Paul though ... #Great game for CP3.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 09:54:16 PM CST The LA shot clock guy will have to have a police escort. Tough deal. I think the Clippers would have won w/out the snafu but it's tough.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 09:47:30 PM CST Matt Barnes for MVP! #ThingsIneverthoughtIWouldSay ... Chris Paul. Blake ... Good for them!
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 09:43:14 PM CST Chris Paul! Clippers!
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 02:26:25 PM CST About to see the new Avengers movie! Just got the perfect seat in the middle of the theater.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 12:13:02 PM CST Faith Notes: Weekend, May 2-3: Carla HintonThe weekend has begun! Check out these faith-themed activities and ... LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 02 2015 10:54:11 AM CST Was it a fluke that I met Kyle Dillingham weeks ago? No, it was a divine appt. Check out my LINK LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 01 2015 05:37:24 PM CST @MarjSpiritdove @TheOklahoman It's OK!
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 01 2015 03:37:01 PM CST It's amazing, as in Amazing Grace, what violinist Kyle Dillingham has created w/a box of broken violins. Story soon. LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 01 2015 02:20:44 PM CST Faith Notes: Friday, May 1 -- St. Joseph Old Cathedral to celebrate 125th anniversary: Carla HintonA special ... LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 01 2015 01:20:17 PM CST This is the dessert my colleague #BriOKC is enjoying at Bricktown's Room 222 restaurant. Fried Cheesecake a la Mode! LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 01 2015 01:03:19 PM CST Here's the Pulled Pork Sandwich w/Kale Slaw & Chips at the new Room 222 restaurant in Bricktown. It was fabulous. LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 01 2015 12:45:46 PM CST Trying out 222 Riesling pizza at new Room 222 restaurant in Bricktown. Delicious! Opens Tuesday at 222 E. Sheridan. LINK
Carla Hinton Thu, Apr. 30 2015 09:30:44 PM CST Watching Spurs vs. Clippers playoff game. Hoping they go to Game 7. I hate to see either one knock off the other. #NotTheThunderButOhWell
Carla Hinton Thu, Apr. 30 2015 12:47:58 PM CST Shawnee Frontline Church partners with DHS for the Finding Forever Families 5K Run: Carla HintonSHAWNEE -- The... LINK
Carla Hinton Wed, Apr. 29 2015 12:54:25 PM CST RT @_davemorris: Success! Congrats @kelfry and to all who rappel today #shatterproof LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Apr. 27 2015 04:54:19 PM CST Confession vigil opposing death penalty set for Tuesday, April 28: Carla HintonRestoring Justice Oklahoma will... LINK
Carla Hinton Sun, Apr. 26 2015 10:02:24 AM CST RT @briOKC: Walk on Western Avenue shows Oklahoma City's best -- and its worst LINK
Carla Hinton Sun, Apr. 26 2015 10:01:02 AM CST RT @stevelackmeyer: done 5k never stopped LINK

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