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

  • Reporter takes 'Box' on short adventure

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer | Yesterday

    The Oklahoman's Carla Hinton helped add to the travels of teacher Deya Adams' Henry "Box" Brown miniature.

  • Putnam City teacher takes history lesson outside the box

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Hefner Middle School teacher Deya Adams created a fun project to immerse her eighth-grade reading students into the true story of the slave’s remarkable journey to freedom. Henry "Box" Brown’s Underground Railroad tale added an interesting splash of black history when she inserted it into a lesson on autobiographies and biographies.

  • Grab a sweet pastry at Corn Bible Academy's German Feast

    Carla Hinton | Yesterday

    CORN -- Despite my best intentions, I did try a piece of  schnetka during my interviews Corn Bible Academy earlier this week. I watched as members of the private Christian school's junior class made the dessert in the kitchen of nearby Corn Mennonite Brethren Church. Schnetka is a pastry made with cream, sugar and cinnamon rolled up in dough and backed in the shape of an eclair. The end result is a piece of ooey, gooey caramel heaven so I just couldn't resist trying a sample. Oklahomans interested in trying this sweet treat our for themselves are in luck. Corn Bible Academy's 52nd annual German Feast & Auction is going on today, Saturday, Feb. 6, at the school, 208 N Reimer in Corn, which is just

  • Kernels of faith: Corn Bible Academy's annual fundraiser offers German food, handcrafted items in western Oklahoma

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Five Mennonite women gathered in a small kitchen in western Oklahoma more than 50 years ago, determined to cook up and sell a generous sampling of foods highlighting their German heritage. Their enterprising culinary tradition will continue at the 52nd annual German Feast & Auction on Saturday at Corn Bible Academy.

  • Oklahoma City-area churches will observe Ash Wednesday in traditional, nontraditional ways

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    With Ash Wednesday on the horizon, many churches across Oklahoma are preparing to host special observances and services to mark the first day of the Christian season of Lent.

  • OC BB players are raising money for Lubbock Christian volleyball player

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    People who attend the Thursday, Feb. 4 men's basketball game at Oklahoma Christian University will have an opportunity to donate money to a special fund set up to help a volleyball player from Lubbock Christian University. The OC men's team decided their matchup against Lubbock Christian would be a great time to help a fellow student athlete. Malori Maddox is a Lubbock Christian University volleyball player who had to undergo emergency surgery for a brain bleed during a match back in November. OC leaders said her story has been featured regionally and even nationally on NBC's Today show.  Oklahoma Christian and Lubbock Christian are sister institutions and Heartland Conference rivals.

  • Oklahoma City pastor exchanges TV worship slot for exploration of faith in culture, nature and science

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    When he's not in the pulpit these days, the Rev. Paul J. Kirbas, Ph.D., may be found touring a medical research center or walking along a path at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The minister's trek around the community is part of "The Exchange," a television program he created. It is produced by Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City, where Kirbas is senior pastor. The weekly TV program explores the point at which faith and culture collide.

  • Oklahoma City church partners with Tim Tebow Foundation to host special-needs prom

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Putnam City Baptist Church will partner with the Tim Tebow Foundation to host "Night to Shine," a prom-night experience for people with special needs, ages 16 and older.

  • Rosy outlook: Oklahoma faith community marks 25th anniversary of sanctity-of-life rally called Rose Day

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    The Rev. Anthony Jordan will be keynote speaker for Rose Day 2016, an annual sanctity-of-life rally at the Oklahoma Capitol that marks its 25th anniversary on Wednesday.

  • Faith Notes-Weekend: Jan. 30-31

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    The weekend is finally here. There are several noteworthy events taking place at metro churches: Saturday, Jan. 30 -- A women's conference with the theme "Celebrating Girlfriends and Gratitude" will be 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8005 Dorset Drive. The event is being sponsored by the women of Christ the King and All Souls’ Episcopal Church. Guest speakers are broadcast journalist Robin Marsh and Christian speaker, author and entertainer Vonda Skelton. Breakout sessions plus a workshop called "Wine and Chocolate" also are planned. Cost is $25 per person, which includes lunch.

  • 'Journey to justice' isn't over in Oklahoma City after Holtzclaw trial

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Although the trial and sentencing phase is over for fired Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, the victims of his sex crimes will still need the support of the community in which they live.


    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    An interfaith "tea" event at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City was organized to celebrate the good that comes from interaction and diversity.

  • Oil foil

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    Religious leaders say they are feeling the effects of the recent downturn in the energy industry, and are working on strategies to offset the financial and spiritual anxieties that have resulted.

  • Organizations honor Lankford for anti-abortion legislation efforts

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    Sen. James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican, was honored during the Evangelicals for Life conference Thursday in Washington, D.C.

  • Panel discusses 'Black Lives Matter' movement at Oklahoma City church forum

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    A recent forum at at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City drew about 200 people for an opportunity to discuss the "Black Lives Matter" movement, which has stirred both awareness and controversy in the U.S. Panelists said the movement is relevant in today's society, even though efforts to see it diminished and derailed abound.

  • Wanted for winter: Salvation Army needs blankets

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is urgently seeking donations of blankets for its homeless shelter. Leaders of the faith-based organization said the 109-bed shelter is housing an extra 40 people each night due to ongoing cold temperatures. Maj. Charlotte Gargis, a leader with the Central Oklahoma Area Command, said donors may bring the blanket donations to the Salvation Army Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope, 1001 N Pennsylvania, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. She said monetary donations may be made at the office or online at  She said they need new twin size blankets that are machine washable so they can be easily cleaned.

  • Group proposes new Catholic high school for Oklahoma City area

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    A committee is studying the idea of bringing a new Catholic school to Oklahoma City. Cristo Rey Schools founder the Rev. John Foley and other Jesuit priests have helped establish a network of 30 educational institutions across the country, and a group of local business and faith leaders are hopeful a Cristo Rey School can open here in 2017.

  • Concert alert: Kirk Franklin, Martha Munizzi, TobyMac ...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Plenty of contemporary Christian and gospel concerts are coming down the pike in the next few months. Here's a list of some of them. As always, look for more information in future stories of The Oklahoman. February First, the Rock & Worship Road Show will bring the Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Mandisa and Audio Adrenaline to Tulsa on Feb. 6. The concert, which also will feature Phil Wickham and others, will be at 7 p.m. at the Mabee Center, 8100 S Lewis. For more information or tickets, go to Contemporary Christian recording artist TobyMac will perform in concert as part of the "Hits Deep Tour" set for 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno.

  • DinnerTableOKC: Something to talk about

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    I noticed as I prepared to sit down for lunch that I didn't know the two men sitting at my table. Before we started our meal we were joined by two women I didn't know, and shortly afterward, another woman took a seat. We were a racially diverse group. In addition to myself, there was another black woman, two white women, a black man and an Indian man.  We were part of a rather large group of people from different metro churches who gathered at Crossings Community Center for a DinnerTableOKC lunch in fall 2015. We were told that we would be discussing race and race relations.

  • Bringing it to the table: Oklahoma residents discuss race relations, build friendships

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    DinnerTableOKC, a group founded by Taylor Doe and Rodney and Cresha Redus in Oklahoma City, is bringing people of different cultures and races together for a meal and peaceful dialogue aimed at racial reconciliation.

Carla Hinton Today at 7:31 PM I absolutely love "When I ruled the World" ... Great way to start the show Chris ... #Super Bowl50
Carla Hinton Today at 10:40 AM RT @TheOklahoman: Here's Sunday's front page. Get one to see why some state employees got raises amid the current salary freeze order. http
Carla Hinton Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:47:11 PM CST The Thunder turned this into a real game unlike the usual Warriors' blowouts. Fun to watch.
Carla Hinton Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:45:23 PM CST RT @TheFoodDood: #Thunder-#Warriors series will be better than #StarWars
Carla Hinton Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:25:17 PM CST KD to Golden State: Bet you won't underestimate us again ... #LovingThisGame
Carla Hinton Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:21:21 PM CST KD!
Carla Hinton Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:00:50 PM CST Thunder not doing so bad heading into the 4th. KD and Russ are not going down without a fight. #ItAintOverTilItsOver
Carla Hinton Sat, Feb. 06 2016 08:16:59 PM CST Looks like it's a packed house for the Thunder v. Warriors game.
Carla Hinton Sat, Feb. 06 2016 12:57:01 PM CST Grab a sweet pastry at Corn Bible Academy's German Feast: Carla HintonCORN -- Despite my best intentions, I di...
Carla Hinton Sat, Feb. 06 2016 10:28:14 AM CST RT @RELEVANT: This mash-up of Adele and Mozart is the most impressive ‘Hello’ cover you’ll hear today—or maybe ever.
Carla Hinton Fri, Feb. 05 2016 03:46:34 PM CST America's largest cross begins construction in Corpus Christi, Texas: If all goes to plan, one day Corpus Chri...
Carla Hinton Fri, Feb. 05 2016 09:25:44 AM CST Can't stop humming Earth Wind & Fire's song "September" today. RIP Maurice White
Carla Hinton Thu, Feb. 04 2016 02:09:26 PM CST @bobbyross @okchristian It's her senior year. Woohoo!
Carla Hinton Thu, Feb. 04 2016 01:30:30 PM CST OC BB players are raising money for Lubbock Christian volleyball player: Carla HintonPeople who attend the Thu...
Carla Hinton Thu, Feb. 04 2016 12:40:24 PM CST Had great Winter Jam 2016 interviews today w/ contemporary Christian recording artists David Crowder and w/For King & Country.
Carla Hinton Fri, Jan. 29 2016 09:00:25 PM CST I spoke too soon. Tech happy refs tonight. Superman deserved his tech, Waiters, not so much.#GoThunder
Carla Hinton Fri, Jan. 29 2016 08:45:37 PM CST Houston Rockets are doing too much whining to the refs. Where's Joey Crawford when you need him? #YouGetATech&You GetATech&You...
Carla Hinton Fri, Jan. 29 2016 08:41:11 PM CST I know they needed to stopthe game for Corey Brewer but does that mean P. Beverly needs to jump D.J.? #Whoa! #GoThunder
Carla Hinton Fri, Jan. 29 2016 07:26:47 PM CST Faith Notes-Weekend: Jan. 30-31: Carla HintonThe weekend is finally here. There are several noteworthy events ...
Carla Hinton Fri, Jan. 29 2016 01:36:29 PM CST Awwwkkkward ... that moment when you realize 1 of your favorite NBA players threw shade on your fav NBA team. #NotLovingThis