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


  • Luncheon forum: "Religion, Speech, Journalism and Terrorism"

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest-Oklahoma City will host a luncheon forum at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Raindrop Turkish House, 4444 N Classen. Entitled “Religion, Speech, Journalism and Terrorism,” the event will feature a keynote presentation by David Perlmutter (pictured), Ph.D., dean of Texas Tech University College of Media and Communication. In […]

  • Choir preparing for musical journey

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Here’s a video that includes some excerpts from the first full rehearsal of the “We Rise to Bless You Still” concert choir. The choir is made up of 168 vocalists who will present a concert at 5 p.m. April 19 at First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the […]

  • Faith Notes: New faces, new places Monday, April 13, 2015

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Look for updates and information on new hires, position changes and other transitions within the faith community-at-large here on the Religion & Values blog. #NewFacesNewPlaces — Phillips Theological Seminary recently hired journalist Kurt Gwartney to coordinate the Tulsa seminary’s communications with students, alums, trustees and the public. Phillips is Gwartney’s alma mater. In a news […]

  • Faith Notes: Weekend April 11-12

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    This weekend is chock full of faith-themed events. There’s still time to make plans to check out the following activities happening Saturday, April 11 through Sunday, April 12:   Saturday, April 11: The Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center will host a free health fair from noon […]

  • Promising ministry: Nonprofit offers free prom dresses and accessories to Oklahoma City-area girls

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Skyline Urban Ministry, an affiliate of the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference, offers free prom dress and accessories to girls in three metro area school districts.

  • 'Shroud Encounter' will bring replica of Turin artifact to Oklahoma City-area

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    “Shroud Encounter,” a presentation about the mysterious Shroud of Turin, will be offered at Catholic churches in Edmond and Norman.

  • Mississippi author and social activist to visit Oklahoma City, present racial 'Unity Service'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    John M. Perkins, a noted Christian minister, author and social activist, will visit the Oklahoma City metro area Friday through Sunday to speak about racial reconciliation.

  • Faith Notes: Friday, April 10, 2015

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    From now on, we hope to post events and activities at local churches and houses of worship here on the Religion & Values blog. Also look for information on faith-themed activities in Saturday’s Life section. Here is a faith-themed event happening tonight in the Oklahoma City metro area. Tonight, April 10: The Rev. Rita N. […]

  • See 'Four Blood Moons' -- on the big screen today

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    An encore presentation of the faith-themed film “Four Blood Moons” is being shown around the country today at select theaters, including two in the Oklahoma City metro area. The film is showing at 4:30, 7:30 and 10:20 p.m. at  Cinemark Tinseltown, 6001 N Martin Luther King and at 7:30 p.m. at Quail Springs AMC Theater, […]

  • Oklahoma Easter pageant declares 'He is risen!'

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

    The “Prince of Peace” Easter pageant held in the Holy City of the Wichitas at the Wichita Wildlife Refuge in southwest Oklahoma is celebrating its 90th year.

  • Christian evangelist encourages believers in Oklahoma to live by the 'city of God'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Renowned Christian evangelist and apologist Ravi Zacharias spoke to about 3,500 people gathered recently at Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 N Memorial Road. Zacharias was the featured speaker for the university’s McGaw Lecture Series.

  • Oklahoma City youths take church on 'Journey With Jesus'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Youths at First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City presented “Journey With Jesus: Told by Those Along the Way.”

  • A spirited Passover: Festive gathering in Oklahoma City celebrates freedom, friendship and women

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    “A Spirited Women’s Seder,” recently hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, featured festive songs, sacred prayers and traditional Passover Seder food and wine as women commemorated the Jewish holiday of Passover.

  • Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sundown

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Christians are observing Good Friday, which commemorates the day Jesus died on the cross. This observance collides with the Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins at sundown. Passover commemorates the story of the Hebrews’ exodus from slavery in Egypt as told in the Book of Exodus. In many Jewish homes and synagogues, the Passover Seder […]

  • Soul to sole: Oklahoma City church hosts foot-washing service at homeless shelter

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    A foot washing service — a traditional Maundy Thursday ritual — was held Thursday at the Jesus House by several clergy and lay leaders of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City foundation plans activities focusing on diversity

    BY CARLA HINTON, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    A theatrical play and panel discussions are among the highlights of the 14th annual Respect Diversity Art Exhibit set to open Wednesday at the Wanda Bass Music Center at Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder.

  • Roma Downey, Mark Burnett prepare to share story of birth of early Church

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Actress Roma Downey and producer Mark Burnett visited Oklahoma City recently to talk about their new television series “A.D. The Bible Continues,” which airs on Easter Sunday on NBC.

  • Downtown church to celebrate Edmond satellite's anniversary with building project

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, one of the more prominent Oklahoma City churches located downtown, is preparing for a $10 million building project for a permanent site for its Edmond satellite.

  • By the book: Oklahoma City church opens new chapter with bookstore

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    New Bethel Baptist Church in Oklahoma City recently opened Everything Christian Bookstore on NE 23 Street.

  • Debate on use of racial slur continues after incidents at University of Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    The series of racially charged incidents at the University of Oklahoma sparked discussion among black clergy and other black leaders about when, if ever, the N-word is acceptable.




Carla Hinton Tue, May. 26 2015 05:31:34 PM CST Baptists offering training for proper cleanup and mold removal of flooded properties: Carla HintonThe Baptist ... LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, May. 25 2015 10:21:53 PM CST Really want the Warriors to close this series out with the Rockets but they aren't listening to me. #GetItOverWith #LetCurryRest
Carla Hinton Mon, May. 25 2015 10:23:38 AM CST RT @BillyGraham: Touching memories from Billy Graham on the soldiers he met & ministered to on the front lines LINK #Memo…
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!

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