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


  • Q&A with "War Room" star Priscilla Shirer

    Carla Hinton | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Priscilla Shirer is best known as an author, speaker, ministry leader and founder of Go Beyond Ministries. She's a wife (to husband Jerry) and mom (to four boys) and some people might know her as the daughter of well known evangelist the Rev. Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. Now, Shirer is offering her talents as an actress in the new movie "War Room," which premiered Friday, Aug. 28, in theaters nationwide.

  • Q&A with "War Room" producer Stephen Kendrick

    Carla Hinton | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Stephen Kendrick, producer of the new movie "War Room" had much to say during a recent telephone interview.  Those Oklahomans who have been following the film-making career of Kendrick and his brother Alex, might be interested to know that he will be speaking at Oklahoma Baptist University's chapel on Sept. 30 in Shawnee. Here's our full interview about "War Room" and the Kendrick brothers' related book "The Battle Plan for Prayer."  Q: Where did the premise for War Room come from? A: After the movie "Courageous" came out of in theaters, Alex and I spent about a year to two years praying and just asking God what does the next movie need to be about.

  • Oklahoma City ministry changes lives one bicycle at a time

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Larry Batten, coordinator of Chain Reaction Ministries at First Christian Church of Oklahoma City, said the outreach is having a hard time keeping up with the demand for repaired bicycles.

  • Prayer power: Faith-themed film 'War Room' focuses on prayer as a powerful weapon

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    "War Room" chronicles the story of Elizabeth and Tony Jordan, a fictional couple who seemingly have a wonderful life with their daughter Danielle. The couple experience a crisis that brings the film's plot to a head — and sends Elizabeth to the "war room."

  • Popular Esther Women series in Oklahoma City begins new season Wednesday

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Esther Women is a nondenominational Christian program in Oklahoma City, tailored for women of faith and led by former Miss America and TV news anchor Jane Jayroe.

  • Michael W. Smith talks Oklahoma City, hymns and God's sovereignty

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Contemporary Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith discussed his visits to Oklahoma City and his music in a brief interview before taking the stage recently at the Good News Festival with Franklin Graham at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • Interfaith Alliance says Ten Commandments monument should be removed from Oklahoma Capitol grounds

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma and several other groups have asked Gov. Mary Fallin and the Legislature to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the state Capitol.

  • No 'religious battle' over Middle Eastern attire, OU dean says

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    NORMAN -- A University of Oklahoma dean who issued a public apology regarding Middle Eastern clothing he wore at an OU gathering said the issue shouldn't spark a "religious battle." According to an Aug. 25 story on the OU Daily website, Charles Graham, Ph.D., dean and W.E. Bryan Jr. Endowed Professor at OU's College of Architecture, issued a public apology for wearing "a white thawb and a red keffiyeh (an Arabic robe and head covering) on his head at the meeting on Aug. 20." Graham reportedly wore the clothing at a back-to-school event on Aug. 20.  // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // 0) { document.headroom2 = new Headroom(document.

  • Mormon Church says it will stay with Boy Scouts of America

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    It's been several weeks since the Boy Scouts of America's Executive Council voted to lift the faith-based organization's ban on openly gay Scout leaders. At that time, leaders with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the faith group with the most Boy Scouts of America troops, said they would evaluate whether to stick with the Scouting organization since the lifting of the ban.

  • Roman Catholic leader offers statement on death of Mark Costello

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley released a statement today regarding the death of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, who was Roman Catholic. Costello, 59, died Sunday night after he was stabbed by a family member at an Oklahoma City restaurant, officials said. Coakley, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said he had known Costello for many years. "Like so many others, I was shocked and grieved to learn of the tragic death of Mark Costello. I have known Mark and Cathy for many years," Coakley said in his statement. "The Costello family needs our prayers and we owe it to them to respect their privacy during this painful time.

  • Franklin Graham's evangelistic outreach draws crowd to Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    On the first night of the Good News Festival at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Franklin Graham preached from the Book of Daniel, telling an estimated 7,000 people at the Chesapeake Energy Arena not to follow the example of the biblical King Belshazzar.

  • Interview with Franklin Graham: Three things that surprised me

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    My recent interview with evangelist Franklin Graham wasn't my first time chatting with him. Still, he said some things that surprised me. 1. He didn't preach initially because he thought people would be disappointed that he's not just like his famous dad. Franklin Graham, son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said he didn't preach initially because he didn't want to disappoint people, presumably those people who might be expecting him to be just like his father. By now, most people know that he is a self-described "prodigal son" who spent several of his younger years doing what he wanted to do, regardless of who his father was. He eventually became entrenched in ministry through Samaritan's Purse, the

  • OKC pastor says ride to Arctic Circle was 'life changing and life saving'

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    The Rev. Randy Shrauner met fellow Methodist Dennis Miller and the two became good friends. Shrauner, 56, said he and Miller, a United Methodist district superintendent in Ohio, shared a love for Methodist missions and their motorcycles. The two put their love of missions and motorcycles together for their recent Artic Imagine Ride. “More than anything, it’s two guys who love Jesus and missions and ministry and motorcycles – that’s us,” he said. The ride was a three-week, 10,000-mile motorcycle trek to the Arctic Circle and back to raise money for Imagine No Malaria, a United Methodist Church initiative to raise $75 million to end malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. The

  • Labor of brotherly love: 2 dissimilar Oklahoma congregations brought together by church fire prepare one's new building for opening

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Henderson Hills Baptist Church of Edmond and Harrison Bethel Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City could hardly be more different, whether in size,location or racial makeup. But they have been working together since a Henderson Hills member reached out to the Harrison Bethel pastor after the latter's church was destroyed by a wildfire four years ago. Harrison Bethel's new building is set to open for worship Aug. 30.

  • Churches in northeast Oklahoma City shopping center face ouster due to development plans

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Some church leaders said they felt they should have received notice long ago about development plans for the Northeast Shopping Center in Oklahoma City that likely will require them to relocate. Meanwhile, a representative of the property owner said he will work with ministry tenants on a time frame for relocation.

  • Pastor's arrival to Oklahoma City church fulfills clergyman's prophecy

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    The Rev. Kent Berghuis will be installed as the new pastor of First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City on Sunday.

  • Franklin Graham prepares for Oklahoma City ministry outreach

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, will preach Saturday and Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. The Good News Festival also will feature music from Christian recording artists Skillet and Michael W. Smith and a choir made up of community members.

  • Free concert: Skillet, Lacey Sturm, All Sons and Daughters and Dae-Lee

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Contemporary Christian band Skillet (pictured) will perform at an evangelistic outreach event set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22-23 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. For Skillet's fans, and fans of other recording artists like Lacey Sturm, Michael W. Smith, All  Sons and Daughters, Dennis Agajanian and Dae-Lee, the Good News Festival with Franklin Graham offers an opportunity to see musical favorites free in a concert-like setting. Spoken word poet Amena Brown will serve as host on both nights.  The festival is set for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 and 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23. Doors open 90 minutes prior to the event's start each night. The festival's musical lineup is a diverse mix of

  • Episcopal saint's relative donates his journals to Oklahoma History Center

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    For Oklahomans, the journals are an important link to the past — a first-hand glimpse into the mind and faith journey of a Cheyenne warrior turned Christian missionary, said William Welge, director of the history center’s Office of American Indian Preservation and Culture.

  • Franklin Graham to preach at two-day Oklahoma City event

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    The Good News Festival with Franklin Graham is coming to Oklahoma City on Aug. 22-23 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.




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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
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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: http://t.co/GYnT3EV4HD #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
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 04:36:13 PM CST Crowd seemed to enjoy worship with the group All Sons & Daughters. Dignitaries are arriving it seems. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 04:00:04 PM CST Watch the OKC Good News Festival live at http://t.co/7mBfy7snU2 live starting right now. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 03:50:13 PM CST A1200-voice mass choir is in the house! These are members of the community singing @Good News Festival. #OKCGoodNews

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