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's Green family supports program sending Christian college students to visit Israel

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    The Oklahoma-based Green family’s Museum of the Bible is supporting a new program called “Covenant Journey” that will send Christian college students to Israel.

  • Oklahoma City church group plans fundraiser for Bridge Creek storm survivors

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Kingsview Free Will Baptist Church in south Oklahoma City is planning a 2-mile fun run called the “NextGen Gallop” to raise funds for Bridge Creek storm survivors.

  • No place like home: Norman congregation returns after repairing storm-damaged building

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    The congregation of Journey Church returned to its building at 3801 Journey Parkway in Norman on Sunday for the first time since the structure was damaged by a tornado May 6.

  • Faith Notes: Weekend, May 23-24

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Here are a few faith-themed events happening in the metro area this weekend: // // // Sunday, May 24 — A Buddha Bathing Ceremony is set for 10 a.m. at the Buddha Mind Monastery (pictured), 5800 S Anderson Road. Attendees will celebrate the Buddha’s birthday. For more information, call 869-0501 or go to www.ctbuddhamind.org. — […]

  • Nonprofit helps seniors give up their keys, not their mobility

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    New local nonprofit aims to keep older adults on the road

  • Faith Notes: Weekend May 16-17

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Here are several faith-themed events scheduled for the weekend, May 16-17:   Saturday, May 16 — The Gospel of Grace is set for 2 p.m. at Grace Living Center, 1913 NE 50. Free event will include gospel music and poetry plus smoked brisket dinners will be sold as a fundraiser. For more information, call 427-5414. […]

  • Oklahoma numbers buck some U.S. trends regarding religion, study says

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Mainline Protestant churches in Oklahoma increased while evangelical congregations declined from 2007 to 2014, according to a recent religion study conducted by the Pew Research Center.

  • Grateful grad

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    The Southern Nazarene University campus family recently celebrated the graduation of a Haitian student whose journey to the Bethany school began in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake in his native country.

  • Hobby Lobby's Barbara Green receives religious liberty award

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Barbara Green, matriarch of the Green family that founded Oklahoma City-based retailer Hobby Lobby, recently received the highest honor awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a religious liberty law firm. Green (pictured in an AP Photo) received the firm’s Canterbury Medal at the recent 20th anniversary Canterbury Medal Dinner for her defense of […]

  • Oklahomans, both faith-filled and secular, express little surprise by decline in Christian population across country

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Christianity declined in America while the religiously unaffiliated rose sharply in the same seven-year span, according to the findings of an extensive study released Tuesday by the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center.

  • Faith Notes: Recording artist Byron Cage to visit OKC

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Fifth Street Baptist Church will host Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist Byron Cage at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at 801 NE 5.  Cage, whose hit songs include “Presence of the Lord is Here,” “Shabach”  and “Goodbye,” is being brought to the city by Ice Event Center, said the Rev. A. Byron Coleman, Fifth Street’s […]

  • Edmond mosque opens doors for explanation, understanding

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    Members of a mosque near the University of Central Oklahoma opened their doors to the community-at-large on Sunday, hoping to meet their neighbors, educate non-Muslims about Islam and dispel myths about their faith tradition.

  • Oklahoma City group Focus on Home furnishes moms with hope

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 10, 2015

    A new Oklahoma City nonprofit called Focus on Home provides furnishings to help single-parent families turn their houses into homes.

  • Beware of "Code Green": Lessons from "Avengers-Age of Ultron"

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    I believe it was Kermit the Frog who once said “It’s not easy being green.” The easy going Muppet was talking about himself but his words could easily have been attributed to another creature who has made his way to back to the big screen in the last week or so. I’m talking about the […]

  • Oklahoma bishop helps select nominees for next Episcopal Church leader

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    The Rt. Rev. Ed Konieczny, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, is co-chairman of the denomination’s Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop.

  • St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City celebrates newly renovated chapel with blessing ceremony

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    Tom and Judy Love, longtime supporters of St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, recently helped celebrate the completion of a renovation project for the St. Anthony Hospital chapel.

  • St. Joseph Old Cathedral celebrates 125 years of ministry in downtown Oklahoma City and beyond

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    Historic St. Joseph Old Cathedral is celebrating 125 years of ministry in downtown Oklahoma City and beyond.

  • Baptists are providing aid in tornado-ravaged areas

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers continued serving communities affected by the May 6 storms on Friday, May 8. To date, more than 80 volunteers have served more than 2,500 meals, in addition to other work that includes debris clean-up, Baptist leaders said. Wes Johnson, a volunteer leader with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s disaster […]

  • Kyle Dillingham's CD release events are today, Thursday, May 7

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Oklahoma City musician Kyle Dillingham is hosting two events today,  May 7, celebrating the release of his latest CD “Broken Beyond Repair.” An Enid event is going on right now at Five80 Coffeehouse at 122 E. Randolph. Dillingham will be there until 1 p.m. with the broken violins he used to make music for his […]

  • Faith Notes: National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 7

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Thursday, May 7, is National Day of Prayer and there are related activities planned throughout the metro area and the state. Here are a few of the event in the metro:  Edmond Day Spring Fellowship will offer Prayer for the Nation, 24 hours of prayer ending with a prayer service from 7 to 8 p.m. […]




Carla Hinton Fri, May. 22 2015 03:03:12 PM CST RT @ptokc: Reading "Oh, the Places You'll Go" for our last afternoon meeting of the school year. #oklaed LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 22 2015 11:06:47 AM CST Faith Notes: Weekend, May 23-24: Carla HintonHere are a few faith-themed events happening in the metro area th... LINK
Carla Hinton Tue, May. 19 2015 03:42:05 PM CST Repeat tweet with better link: Me & Katherine Freund in OKC. Read my story on her nonprofit: LINK LINK
Carla Hinton Tue, May. 19 2015 03:34:39 PM CST Me and Katherine Freund.. Read my story about her agency keeping older adults mobile: http//tinyurl.com/kvly5gg LINK
Carla Hinton Sun, May. 17 2015 07:15:01 PM CST @KingDSeals @briOKC Hmm
Carla Hinton Sun, May. 17 2015 09:12:53 AM CST "Joy is a journey not a destination." - Rev. Clark Mitchell, sr. pastor of Journey Church of Norman
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 05:52:42 PM CST @bobby_griffith @ULIoklahoma @citypresokc @Servenator @AnthemBrewing Had phone on vibrate @ event. Would have heard message alert otherwise.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 05:29:18 PM CST @bobby_griffith @ULIoklahoma @citypresokc @Servenator @AnthemBrewing Rats! When is the next one?!
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 05:26:35 PM CST @bobby_griffith @ULIoklahoma @citypresokc @Servenator @AnthemBrewing Did I miss this? Is it coming soon?
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 04:00:41 PM CST @Jeff_Lara @captcharlotte It's always inspirational!
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 01:48:02 PM CST Oh well... the things we remember from our childhood... #StrollingDownMemoryLane
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 01:46:58 PM CST Baby Burger ( for me). When my parents divorced, going & not ordering the trio of burgers (because we weren't a trio anymore) broke my heart
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 01:44:57 PM CST I do have a sad memory about that A&W drive-in. I went there as a litte girl w/my parents& we would order a Papa Burger, Mama Burger &
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 01:42:55 PM CST Just drove onto NE Grand Blvd along I-44 for a story. Does anybody remember the A&W Root Beer drive-in that used to be over there?#GoodTimes
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 09:23:51 AM CST Go to LINK to see my interview w/Rev. Doug Melton & Rev. William Tabbernee. Topic: religion study LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 16 2015 08:19:01 AM CST Faith Notes: Weekend May 16-17: Carla HintonHere are several faith-themed events scheduled for the weekend, Ma... LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, May. 15 2015 10:26:48 PM CST Steph Curry with the deep three! #WildandCrazyPlayoffs!
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 14 2015 11:58:59 PM CST Austin Rivers the baby Clipper is making his presence felt in this series between LA and Houston. #Goodstuff
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 14 2015 10:41:39 PM CST Blake Griffin, Chris Paul & DeAndre Jordan are trying to win vs. James Harden & Co but they are getting no help from rest of the Clippers.
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 14 2015 11:59:25 AM CST RT @TheOklahoman: We'd love to hear your thoughts on @jpalmerOKC's story LINK Join us today for a pop-up conversation at…

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