Carla Hinton
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

Top Stories


  • Oklahoma City monastery draws the curious, more Buddhists

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    The new Buddha Mind Monastery at 5800 S Anderson Road, draws motorists’ curiosity — and more people interested in learning about Buddhism.

  • Program helps Oklahoma churches Stand in the Gap for Widows

    By CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    A Stand in the Gap for Widows program recently started at United Methodist Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City.

  • Today's Prayer March 8

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Mar 8, 2014

    Saturday, March 8 Help us restrain from anger, O Lord; guide us in ways of forgiveness.

  • Today's Prayer March 7

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    Friday, March 7 Our problems can affect all aspects of life, but we find comfort and strength in You, dear God.

  • Today's Prayer March 6

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    Thursday, March 6 Help us clothe ourselves in compassion for others and not be marked by bitterness or gloom.

  • Marking Lent's start

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Wed, Mar 5, 2014

    Oklahoma parishioners observed Ash Wednesday, the traditional beginning of Lent.

  • Today's Prayer March 5

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Wed, Mar 5, 2014

    Wednesday, March 5   Lord, while our bodies will one day return to dust, we pray our souls will shine with You.

  • Building cultural bridges: Oklahoma institute offers insight into Hispanic culture and language

    BY CARLA HINTON | Updated: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    People of different backgrounds and motivations gather each week for lessons on Hispanic culture and Spanish language at the Father Stanley Rother Hispanic Cultural Institute. Offered at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Norman, the program is a way to build bridges across cultures, its co-founders said.

  • Today's Prayer March 4

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    Tuesday, March 4 Many distractions and temptations cloud our lives, but Your grace is like armor for our souls.

  • Today's Prayer March 3

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Mar 3, 2014

    “Who will save me?” We know, dear Lord the answer is found in You.

  • Oklahoma volunteers and donors keep Hope Chest going

    Published: Sat, Mar 1, 2014

    Volunteers and donors say Hope Chest OKC treats donation recipients with humanity.

  • Sweet Dreams: Yukon ministry provides beds to struggling OKC families

    By Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Mar 1, 2014

    Yukon-based ministry provides beds, bedding, dining tables and chairs to struggling families around the Oklahoma City metro area.

  • Churches find creative ways to observe Ash Wednesday, Lenten season

    BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Mar 1, 2014

    Several Oklahoma City area churches, St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal and Christ the King Catholic, prepare for and celebrate Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season in creative ways.

  • David Phelps will perform in concert in Yukon

    BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Mar 1, 2014

    Gospel recording artist David Phelps is bringing his “Classic in Concert” tour to Yukon on March 9.

  • Using Oklahoma pageant to inspire, black beauty queens hope to encourage girls

    Published: Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    Six young black women are making history as the largest group of black women competing for the title of Miss Oklahoma and Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen.

  • Civil rights pioneers share their stories at Oklahoma Christian University

    Updated: Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    Two members of the civil rights pioneers known as the “Little Rock Nine,” Terrence Roberts, and Carlotta Walls LaNier, visited Oklahoma Christian University on Monday as part of the university's McGaw Lecture Series.

  • Church members spread love as part of Love OKC Week

    BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    Members of North Church spread out into the Oklahoma City community during the week of St. Valentine's Day to spread love and hope to local nonprofits and faith-based organizations.

  • Oklahoma octogenarians hammer home the value of acting on faith

    BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    A group of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, including several in their 80s, stays busy volunteering as part of the Nail Benders crew from First Baptist Church of Duncan.

  • Singer shares his story through new documentary

    BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Feb 22, 2014

    Contemporary Christian recording artist Dennis Jernigan shares his struggles with same-sex attraction and what he says caused his triumph over them in a new documentary “Sing Over Me,” set for special screenings Friday at several churches across Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma churches prepare for premiere of 'Son of God' movie

    BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Feb 22, 2014

    Numerous churches around the country, including several in Oklahoma, are preparing to support “Son of God,” a movie from the people who produced the 2013 hit History miniseries “The Bible.”




Carla Hinton Mon, Apr. 14 2014 09:20:33 AM CST Snow! ...in April ...
Carla Hinton Wed, Apr. 09 2014 05:57:51 PM CST Watch it: Episcopalians to meet for peace gathering: Carla Hinton[img]2408978[/img] Today,  the Episcopal Chur... LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Apr. 07 2014 10:01:35 PM CST @robinmarsh9 You got that right! I love basketball!
Carla Hinton Mon, Apr. 07 2014 09:51:39 PM CST I'm rooting for K. Ollie and UConn but both teams are playing their hearts out. Kentucky freshmen starters are fantastic. #NCAAChampionship
Carla Hinton Mon, Apr. 07 2014 09:41:57 PM CST BB moms can't stand it when their player misses free throws ... Free throws matter Kentucky! #NCAAChampionship
Carla Hinton Mon, Apr. 07 2014 09:06:38 PM CST RT @JayJayUSATODAY: Kevin Ollie said "we're a second half team too!" with that Mr. T "I pity the fool" tone. Haha! #NCAAChampionship
Carla Hinton Mon, Apr. 07 2014 08:08:43 PM CST My lucky day: Darius Rucker, one of my fave recording artists sang the natl anthem at the NCAA championship. And I wasn't going to watch...
Carla Hinton Mon, Apr. 07 2014 08:00:00 PM CST I'm really liking this "Let it Shine" faith-themed commercial for the NCAA championships .. the choir is cool!
Carla Hinton Mon, Apr. 07 2014 05:51:18 PM CST RT @RickWarren: The more you surrender to God, the more at peace you'll be.The more you trust Him, the less you'll need explanations.
Carla Hinton Sun, Apr. 06 2014 09:57:27 PM CST KD makes history!! #GoThunder
Carla Hinton Thu, Apr. 03 2014 08:57:46 PM CST RT @ScottWilliams: People that think the #Thunder are better without Russell Westbrook are delirious. Luv me some #Westbrook #OKC
Carla Hinton Sun, Mar. 30 2014 04:36:38 PM CST March 30 Today's Prayer: Carla HintonO Lord, [img]2278505[/img] just as loaves of bread feed our bodies, Your ... LINK
Carla Hinton Tue, Mar. 25 2014 07:20:26 PM CST RT @Mardel_Inc: #Prayer is the best #wireless connection.
Carla Hinton Sat, Mar. 22 2014 10:31:56 PM CST RT @OKCityRescue: Someone just challenged the Mission to try & get our CRM kids selfie more than 1,000 RT's! You know what to do! LINK
Carla Hinton Tue, Mar. 18 2014 12:05:56 PM CST @ScottWilliams Would love to talk to you by phone today at either 1 or 1:30 p.m. ...on the subject we talked about at grocery store.
Carla Hinton Mon, Mar. 17 2014 08:25:56 PM CST @ScottWilliams How about 1145 am or 1pm
Carla Hinton Mon, Mar. 17 2014 08:20:19 PM CST @ScottWilliams OK!
Carla Hinton Mon, Mar. 17 2014 08:19:22 PM CST @ScottWilliams Do you have time tomorrow for a short phone interview?
Carla Hinton Tue, Mar. 11 2014 09:47:06 PM CST @dleinhorn It ended well thank goodness!
Carla Hinton Tue, Mar. 11 2014 09:40:22 PM CST @ScottWilliams I had that same thought.Not his look.