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

  • 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. […]

  • Concert alert: Big Daddy Weave coming to OKC

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Contemporary Christian recording artists Big Daddy Weave (pictured), Jason Gray, Citizen Way and Lauren Daigle will perform in concert 7 p.m. May 16 at Northwest Baptist Church, 3030 NW 23.  The House FM 88.5 Radio is bringing the  “Beautiful Offerings” concert tour to the metro. Doors open at 6  p.m. Big Daddy Weave’s most recent […]

  • Sister support: Oklahoma City resale shop benefits YWCA, community

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Filled with home decor, clothing, shoes, hand bags, books, jewelry and cosmetics, Our Sisters’ Closet provides funding for the YWCA of Oklahoma City’s programs and projects, said Cindy Reynolds, the shop’s director of retail operations.

  • Oklahoma musician Kyle Dillingham gets 'sweet sounds' from broken violins

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Classically trained violinist Kyle Dillingham, an Oklahoma native, used broken violins for is latest compilation called “Broken Beyond Repair.”

  • Faith Notes: Weekend, May 2-3

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    The weekend has begun! Check out these faith-themed activities and events in the metro and beyond: Saturday, May 2 — A community wide “Spring Fling” event will be from 2 to 6 p.m. at Stonegate Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 17101 N Western in Edmond. The event will include free food and drinks, face painting, children’s bounce […]

Carla Hinton Today at 11:14 AM Wade in the water ...: Carla HintonI was very little but I remember being baptized by Rev. Albritton at Tabith... LINK
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. LINK
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……
Carla Hinton Sat, Jun. 27 2015 07:15:43 PM CST RT @AdamSoltani: Beautiful photos from CAIR Oklahoma's Iftar at the State Capitol this past Thursday. Photos courtesy of Kemo... LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, Jun. 27 2015 06:42:35 PM CST RT @rzollAP: #Episcopal Bishop Curry says his elex as 1st black presiding bishop is ``movement of God's spirit,'' @AP #gc78 LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, Jun. 27 2015 10:39:32 AM CST Faith Notes: Weekend June 27-28: Carla HintonHere are several faith-themed events happening in the metro area ... LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:14:55 PM CST The moon is hiding tonight. Wonderful evening for a power walk in the park. LINK
Carla Hinton Wed, Jun. 24 2015 06:53:00 PM CST See Falls Creek evening worship service live tonight: Carla Hinton  DAVIS -- Falls Creek Baptist Conference is... LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Jun. 22 2015 05:19:25 PM CST RT @WSJ: Office too cold or hot? Office-friendly ways to hack your body temp from a NASA technologist: LINK LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Jun. 22 2015 03:21:17 PM CST Hadn't had a dip of Braum's ice cream since Xmas. I'm 38 lbs lighter so I'm treating myself to a dip of Braum's pistachio almond. #Yum
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 21 2015 10:13:44 PM CST KFOR did a wonderful job with the tribute to Bob Barry Jr. It really captured the essence of who he was. He will be missed.
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 21 2015 07:58:05 PM CST @bobbyross She got her preach on.
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 21 2015 07:38:39 PM CST "When you can't even go to church & be safe, it's a crisis."-OK Sen. Anastasia Pittman #OKCPraysTogether
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 21 2015 07:32:43 PM CST "We will not lay down & be divided by evil."- Rev. D. Lavel Crawford, Avery Chapel AME Church #OKCPraysTogether
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 21 2015 07:26:42 PM CST "What do you do when you live in a world filled with hate?The answer is you just keep on loving."-OKC Councilman J. Pettis#OKCPRAYSTOGETHER
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 21 2015 07:22:23 PM CST "Lord, we say thank you that we can come together to promote the kingdom of God"-Rev. James Dunbar, Greater Cleaves #OKCPraysTogether
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 21 2015 07:18:19 PM CST Faith leaders, people from different faith traditions & Christian denominations are gathered to pray for Charleston. #OKCPraysTogether
Carla Hinton Sat, Jun. 20 2015 09:06:13 PM CST I am so sad to hear about Bob Barry Jr. I listened to his show on the Sports Animal every day on my way to work. I'm praying for his family.
Carla Hinton Sat, Jun. 20 2015 04:39:26 PM CST My coworker Ebony Dallas is holding her own here at the Juneteenth celebration @ Washington Park.People like her art. LINK