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


  • Little shop of hope

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Claremore, Oklahoma, coffee house is serving up drinks, food and second chances to formerly incarcerated women.

  • Choir prepares for Franklin Graham festival in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Rehearsals for a mass choir and a prayer walk in downtown Oklahoma City are among the events planned leading up to the Good News Festival with Franklin Graham.

  • Veggie tales: Oklahoma City-area Buddhists host festival to share mind, body, spiritual benefits of vegetarianism

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    The abbess of Buddha Mind Monastery in Oklahoma City said her "peaceful diet" translates to a "peaceful mind." That's why foods like avocados and bok choy were stars of the show at the recent Veggie Festival at the monastery.

  • Two churches, one pastor: Hurricane Katrina survivor is now leader of two Oklahoma City-area congregations

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    In June, Nancy McCullough was appointed as senior pastor of Nicoma Park United Methodist Church and Spencer United Methodist Church in Oklahoma. Before going to seminary, she was a longtime schoolteacher, including 25 years in New Orleans before being forced out by Hurricane Katrina.

  • Moving in deep waters of faith: Moore church celebrates outdoor baptisms

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    The Highland Baptist Church congregation of Moore, Oklahoma, gathers at Lake Thunderbird in Norman, Oklahoma, for old-fashioned, full-immersion baptisms.

  • Wade in the water ...

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    I was very little but I remember being baptized by Rev. Albritton at Tabitha Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City. I remember being intrigued when I saw people being baptized from the pews but I was a little terrified when it came time for me to get into the baptistery myself. I understood some of […]

  • 'Minute Motivators': Oklahoma pastor, armed forces retiree team up to write inspirational book for military

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Rev. Stan Toler and retired Brig. Gen. Robert Redwine wrote "Minute Motivators for The Military: Quick Inspiration for the Time of Your Life." Toler is founder and executive director of the Center for Pastoral Leadership at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma, and Redwine is an SNU graduate.

  • Franklin Graham festival leaders continue ministry classes at Oklahoma City-area churches

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    As the date for Oklahoma City's Good News Festival with Franklin Graham nears, more activities bringing together metro-area churches are planned.

  • Popular Women of Faith speakers are saying 'farewell' on last tour

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Women of Faith will bring "Loved: The Farewell Tour" to Oklahoma City on July 24-25. In 20 years, the Women of Faith conference ministry made popular by Luci Swindoll, Patsy Clairmont, Thelma Wells, Sheila Walsh, Marilyn Meberg and others has spoken to more than 5 million women around the world.

  • Edmond First Baptist plans flag plaza dedication, picnic

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    First Baptist Church of Edmond will dedicate a new flag plaza Saturday at the church, 1300 E 33rd St.

  • Oklahoma City philanthropist shares tips on living a 'joy-filled life'

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Oklahoma City businesswoman and philanthropist Mo Anderson, known for her kind heart and generous spirit, shares wisdom and "Mo-Mentum Builders" in her new book, "A Joy-Filled Life: Lessons From a Tenant Farmer's Daughter ... Who Became a CEO" (Tate Publishing).

  • Pastor, parishioners' monthly stop at Oklahoma City eatery combines waffles and the Word

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Rev. Price Oswalt combines his love of waffles and the Word by inviting his parishioners at St. Joseph Old Cathedral to join him for a monthly stop at Waffle Champion, 1212 N Walker in Oklahoma City.

  • Priest has eye on downtown parish, plus Warr Acres chapel

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Rev. Price Oswalt, pastor of St. Joseph Old Cathedral in Oklahoma City, opened Holy Innocents Chapel next door to Outpatient Services for Women in a small office complex in Warr Acres in 2013.

  • Religious leaders in Oklahoma, Satanist spokesman weigh in

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editorchinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Religious leaders in Oklahoma and a Satanist group from New York gave their reaction to the state Supreme Court ruling that the Ten Commandments monument should not be displayed on the state Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City.

  • What they said: Clergy leaders, others weigh in on same-sex marriage ruling

    BY CARLA HINTON Staff Writerchinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The Rev. Anthony L. Jordan, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma executive director- treasurer: “Nothing has changed and everything has changed. Our position on marriage remains the same because our God and His truth have not changed. Marriage is biblically defined as the union of one man and one woman. A Supreme Court ruling, vote of Congress, or poll of the people cannot change the truth of God’s Word. The landscape of law and our culture has changed. People of faith will face new challenges, and our religious freedom will likely come under assault. We will face those challenges with uncompromising faith and inclusive love for all.

  • Oklahoma clergy discuss security measures in aftermath of Charleston shootings

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Several Oklahoma clergy leaders said there's a fine balance between the usual hospitality offered by their churches and operating with a sense of caution that has been heightened by the killings in a Charleston, S.C., church.

  • Faith Notes: Weekend June 27-28

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Here are several faith-themed events happening in the metro area this weekend: Saturday, June 27 Buddha Mind Monastery’s 2015 “Veggie Festival” continues through 4 p.m. at 5800 S Anderson Road. The free event, which began at 10 a.m., will include cooking demonstrations, a cook-off and other presentations. A presentation entitled “Nutrition as it relates to the vegetarian” […]

  • Emanuel Synagogue in Oklahoma City dedicates chapel in honor of longtime supporter

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Recently, members of Emanuel Synagogue in Oklahoma City gathered to honor Justin Gardner with a new chapel that bears his name. Gardner, 88, died in June 2014.

  • Hope grows in Salvation Army's garden in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The list of fruits and vegetables growing just outside the Salvation Army Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope in Oklahoma City is cause for excitement, those involved say.

  • Young Robertsons of 'Duck Dynasty' share their story filled with good, bad and God's grace

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Jules Jeptha "Jep" Robertson and his wife, Jessica, will visit Oklahoma City on Tuesday to sign copies of their book, "The Good, The Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family and Forgiveness" (Thomas Nelson, $25.99).




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Carla Hinton Sat, Aug. 01 2015 10:59:38 AM CST RT @peopleschurchtv: We are cutting hair and changing lives here at the Day of Hope! We are here until 12 with free backpacks and more! htt
Carla Hinton Thu, Jul. 30 2015 01:47:19 PM CST RT @ChristXperience: The Christ Experience would like to wish our wonderful pastor, Rev. Semaj Vanzant, Sr. a very "Happy Birthday!" We lo…
Carla Hinton Mon, Jul. 27 2015 03:41:06 PM CST St. Philip Neri Catholic School to break ground on new Family Life Center: Carla HintonMIDWEST CITY -- St. Phi... http://t.co/ndwTv4EJz9
Carla Hinton Mon, Jul. 27 2015 12:58:41 AM CST Holocaust victims' remains found in France: Carla HintonThe burial on Sunday of the remains of an unknown Holo... http://t.co/murlcNPujX
Carla Hinton Sun, Jul. 26 2015 03:24:59 PM CST RT @stevelackmeyer: A rare instance when guest column is most read story @newsok David Prater: Demonstrate faith through deeds, not words h
Carla Hinton Sun, Jul. 26 2015 04:37:48 AM CST RT @HuffPostRelig: An American sculptor is preparing a delicately crafted gift for Pope Francis http://t.co/F5FWSuszXy http://t.co/D8Vu1f1k…
Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 24 2015 06:54:04 PM CST Conference begins soon. Estimated crowd of 8,000 is expected tonight and women are still buying tickets. #WOFLoved http://t.co/RJtW3rYoQH
Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 24 2015 06:32:37 PM CST The "porch" is ready for the Women of Faith at tonight's conference. #WOFLovedTour http://t.co/0bm7Nza0oy
Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 24 2015 06:00:41 PM CST I'm walking in to the Women of Faith conference at the Cox Convention Center. Conference starts at 7 but there are plenty of women here now.
Carla Hinton Thu, Jul. 23 2015 07:57:46 PM CST Devil in Detroit: Satanic Temple to unveil Baphomet statue on Saturday: Carla Hinton,Religion and Values BlogA... http://t.co/aky3XzBP5Z
Carla Hinton Thu, Jul. 23 2015 04:03:58 PM CST How To See Pope Francis During His U.S. Visit: People are busy making plans to see Pope Francis during his Sep... http://t.co/8w5AgJOXAI
Carla Hinton Tue, Jul. 21 2015 11:39:28 AM CST Oklahoma's congressional leaders hold prayer breakfast: Carla Hinton[img width="" height="" style="" render="w... http://t.co/Xur4pTyZIA
Carla Hinton Sun, Jul. 12 2015 08:12:26 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Adventure Day in Oklahoma City is a slam dunk for children of state inmates http://t.co/Tkoyiy0mmP http://t.co/W84YBzFs8i
Carla Hinton Sun, Jul. 12 2015 08:12:17 PM CST RT @AbbotLawrence: American Indian girls participated this evening in a dance in honor of St Kateri Tekakwitha at St Gregory's Abbey. http:
Carla Hinton Thu, Jul. 09 2015 08:30:30 PM CST Do you consider yourself young, hip and faith-full? Wait ... does anybody use the word "hip" anymore?
Carla Hinton Sun, Jul. 05 2015 11:14:26 AM CST Wade in the water ...: Carla HintonI was very little but I remember being baptized by Rev. Albritton at Tabith... http://t.co/yfxDVRfgEz
Carla Hinton Tue, Jun. 30 2015 08:22:17 PM CST RT @Blake_Gideon: @robinmarsh9 ..If they are successful in removing the 10 Commandments from State Capitol, we will take them at EFBC and d…
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 28 2015 08:13:12 PM CST I'm at an Oklahoma lake with photographer @sarahcphipps. She's preparing to take great photos as usual. Story coming. http://t.co/s2VVlKYu8b
Carla Hinton Sat, Jun. 27 2015 09:38:51 PM CST RT @brianbuettner: Congratulations to my newly ordained brothers, Fr. Aaron Foshee (@ajfoshee), Fr. Daniel Grover, and… https://t.co/UHGhXi…

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