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


  • New year, new beginnings: Oklahoma City-area churches welcome changes in 2015

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    For some Oklahoma City-area congregations and houses of worship, 2015 brings with it a healthy amount of change in the form of new goals, new missions, new leadership and, perhaps, a new focus.

  • Oklahoma clergy leader pleased with Sunday's 'hoodie' focus

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Several Oklahoma City churches took part in “Wear-A-Hoodie-To-Church” on Sunday, a faith-based initiative designed to stand in opposition to proposed legislation that some ministers think would put some people wearing the hooded shirts in jeopardy of discrimination.

  • Oklahoma musical artist marches to the drumbeat of history

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Jahruba Lambeth, an Oklahoma musical artist known for his African drum performances, participated in the Oklahoma City sit-in movement and the historic March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. shared his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

  • Exhibit features vintage pictures of Boley, one of Oklahoma's historic all-black towns

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    The new exhibit at Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, “Colored Memories,” features digitally colorized vintage photographs of Boley, one of the historic all-black towns in Oklahoma.

  • Church members take stand with 'Wear-a-Hoodie-To-Church'

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    People wearing hooded shirts of different colors filled the pews at several Oklahoma City churches on  Sunday. Some of the hoodies sported well-known athletic apparel logos while others were emblazoned with the names of colleges and universities. The shirts were symbols of solidarity, a visible sign that the church members were taking a stand. The […]

  • Back to the future: New principal leads Catholic school that she attended as a child in Oklahoma

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Brenda Tener, the new principal at St. Philip Neri Catholic School, is a former student of the Midwest City school.

  • Oklahoma City church sold to school for homeless children

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Epworth United Methodist Church, a ministry that was preceded by a Methodist university, has been sold to Positive Tomorrows, a private school with a mission to educate homeless children in the Oklahoma City area.

  • Korie Robertson will be part of Women of Faith's OKC conference

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Korie Robertson (pictured), wife of Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson and star of  A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” will be a featured speaker at the Women of Faith conference set for July 24-25 in Oklahoma City.  The popular conference ministry typically includes guest speakers like Robertson, along with several core presenters like Patsy Clairmont and Sheila Walsh. […]

  • Oklahoma pastors plan church hoodie protest

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Several Oklahoma ministers are planning to wear hoodies when they preach at their churches on Jan 18 as a way to protest a proposed law they feel seeks to criminalize the wearing of hooded shirts that are popular in today’s culture.

  • Oklahoma City church to lead spiritual, physical health initiative with The Way of St. James

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    South Oklahoma City church St. James the Greater Catholic Church will conduct a virtual Way of St. James walk as part of a new health initiative.

  • Crowd gathers for 'Evening of Listening'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    An opportunity to listen to the diverse experiences of others brought a crowd of about 250 people to St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday.

  • Pope offers prayers for victims of Paris attack

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    Pope Francis dedicated his early morning Mass Thursday to the victims of the Jan. 7 terrorist attack on a satirical weekly newspaper office in Paris, France, and their families. “Hours after the attack, Pope Francis condemned the killings and called on all people of goodwill to work to stem “the spread of hatred and every […]

  • Local Muslim group condemns Paris terrorist attacks

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK), condemned the recent shooting attack and murders at  the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.   Leaders of the Oklahoma group distributed a news release that included a statement from Nihad Awad, CAIR’s executive director:  “We strongly condemn this brutal and cowardly attack […]

  • Mighty ministry: Oklahoma City preacher combines Bible study, martial arts

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    The Rev. Tom Lyda’s taekwondo class at New Covenant Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma City combines Bible study with martial arts.

  • South side church prepares for final service

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    South Lee United Methodist Church prepares for its final service on Sunday, Dec. 28.

  • Religion year in review: Faith and spirituality played a key role in some of year's big stories in Oklahoma

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Religion played a key role in some of the biggest stories of 2014 in Oklahoma.

  • Mormons say 'The Book of Mormon' musical may lead the curious to discover their real holy book

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Several local Mormons said The ‘Book of Mormon’ musical may lead the curious to discover their real holy book

  • Gifts of hope: Oklahoma City woman finds hope of Christ through ministry for inmates' children

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    A northwest Oklahoma City woman who once was on the receiving end of Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree ministry now serves as a volunteer for the group, sharing the gift of faith and hope to children whose parents are incarcerated.

  • Inn search of Christmas: Downtown Oklahoma City Catholic church hosts Las Posadas activities

    By Carla Hinton
    Religion Editor |
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” — Luke 2: 6-7 Joseph knocked on the door as Mary stood beside him on this cold December night. “In the name of heaven I ask you for shelter, for my beloved wife can go no farther,” he sang out in Spanish, with Mary and a few others joining in. A crowd on the other side of the door listened, then sang together in Spanish: “This is not an inn. Get on with you. I cannot open the door. You might be a rogue.” The two groups sang back and forth at St.

  • Congregations commemorate Christmas journey

    BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Oklahoma City-area congregations commemorate the Christmas journey with Las Posadas gatherings.




Carla Hinton Today at 8:31 AM Faith Notes: Tuesday, April 21, 2015: Carla HintonHere are several faith-themed events happening in the metro ... LINK
Carla Hinton Today at 8:22 AM RT @myriadgardens: Today! Today is day 1 of Festival of the Arts! @artscouncilokc Here's your hasht #OKCFA & map! 2015 gonna be great! http…
Carla Hinton Today at 8:21 AM RT @bobbyross: CEO cuts his salary to pay all employees $70,000—is media missing religion angle?: LINK LINK
Carla Hinton Today at 8:20 AM RT @baptistpress: 1995 Oklahoma City bombing pushed chaplains Jack and Phyllis to grapple with forgiveness. LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Apr. 20 2015 11:51:35 AM CST @ClassicalComm @defiant @NewsOK Best thing I've been to in a long time!
Carla Hinton Sun, Apr. 19 2015 05:27:56 PM CST RT @jaclyncosgrove: #Resilience airs at 6 p.m. on OETA. I am live tweeting during its premiere. Join the conversation by using the film's h…
Carla Hinton Sun, Apr. 19 2015 05:17:04 PM CST Music will always be a powerful way to tell a story. Canticle Ringers, a group of bell ringers, are sharing now. #WeRiseToBlessYouStill
Carla Hinton Sun, Apr. 19 2015 04:44:38 PM CST RT @LifeChurchNW: 20 years ago, our hearts broke at the loss of friends & neighbors in the #OKCbombing. We continue to honor their... http:…
Carla Hinton Sun, Apr. 19 2015 04:43:19 PM CST A168-voice choir is watching as a large crowd gathers for "We Rise to Bless You Still" concert at First Presby-OKC. #WeRiseToBlessYouStill
Carla Hinton Sun, Apr. 19 2015 03:18:21 PM CST 1rst UM-OKC members got a cross like this today, made by Frank Sisson from wood from church bldg destroyed in 1995. LINK
Carla Hinton Sun, Apr. 19 2015 11:17:41 AM CST I'm at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in downtown OKC.
Carla Hinton Sun, Apr. 19 2015 10:27:25 AM CST Oklahoma City remembers: Episcopal Bishop: Carla HintonThe Rt. Rev.Read more on LINK LINK
Carla Hinton Sun, Apr. 19 2015 09:55:05 AM CST RT @NewsOK: Today we remember those we lost 20 years ago in the OKC bombing. Our thoughts are with their friends and families. LINK
Carla Hinton Sun, Apr. 19 2015 09:45:08 AM CST Major religious groups worried they'll be branded as bigots after same-sex marriage case LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, Apr. 18 2015 10:24:16 AM CST Story & music to stir the soul: Defiant Requiem -- Verdi at Terezin: Carla HintonA triumphant story of people ... LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Apr. 17 2015 06:29:53 PM CST New faces, new places: First Baptist-OKC names new pastor: Carla Hinton[img url=LINK LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Apr. 17 2015 03:22:12 PM CST Faith Notes: Weekend, April 18-19, 2015: Carla HintonHere are several metro area faith-themed events and activ... LINK
Carla Hinton Thu, Apr. 16 2015 03:44:18 PM CST I guess I'm a little disappointed that the Thunder didn't make the playoffs, but they had a pretty good run considering all the injuries.
Carla Hinton Thu, Apr. 16 2015 12:29:19 PM CST Islamic mosque in Stillwater also the target of vandals, Muslim leaders say: Carla HintonAn Islamic mosque in ... LINK
Carla Hinton Thu, Apr. 16 2015 09:20:40 AM CST Faith Notes: Thursday, April 16, 2015: Carla HintonHere are several faith-themed events happening today in the... LINK

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