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


  • Joy after the storm: Barn raised becomes wedding site

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    1 Day Ranch animal rescue organization founder Maeghan Hadley recently married at the site of the ranch’s newly completed barn in Bethel Acres, Oklahoma.

  • Heart to Heart: Oklahoma Southern Baptists talk about 'the Gospel, Sexuality and the Church'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Oklahoma Southern Baptists discussed same-sex marriage and other sexual issues at a conference entitled “The Gospel, Sexuality and The Church,” held at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City clergyman plans street-corner prayer campaign

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The Rev. Malcolm Coby, pastor of Victory Temple Church of God in Christ and bishop for the Oklahoma Southeast Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ, has created a street-corner prayer initiative set to begin March 22.

  • Oklahoma City-area Jewish-Muslim Film Institute to host first screening

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    A new film institute focusing on films that highlight the interaction of Jews and Muslims will host its premiere event March 22 at Temple B’nai Israel in Oklahoma City.

  • Woman to woman: Global friendships form through Oklahoma ministry

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Global friendships form through longtime ministry called Edmond Friendship International which meets weekly at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond.

  • Black preachers praise OU President David Boren's 'swift action' against fraternity, say culture foments racism

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Oklahoma City NAACP President Garland Pruitt and about 18 preachers who gathered Tuesday said the incident involving the SAE video goes beyond the students involved and Greek organizations, but is the result of widespread deep-seated racism prevalent in today’s culture and societal institutions.

  • Calm's the word: Oklahoma nonprofit's therapy dog enjoys new leash on life

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Sadie, a certified therapy dog, is a partner in healing at the Calm Waters Center for Families and Children in Oklahoma City.

  • Wrapped in faith: Three Oklahoma City-area Muslim women talk about wearing hijabs

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    Three Oklahoma City-area Muslim women talk about wearing hijabs, the traditional head coverings many Muslim women wear as a symbol of their faith.

  • Bridging generations: Catholic school students in Oklahoma City join senior adults for intergenerational project

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    Seventh-grade students and older adults have joined for the intergenerational “Life Story Book” project at Christ the King Catholic Church and School in Nichols Hills.

  • Life changer: Preacher finds grace, friendship after prison

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    At 18, Jedidiah “Jed” Chappell threatened to shoot a police officer, but he was the one shot down. He turned his life around in prison and now supports law enforcement officers and the work they do. He will share his faith testimony and discuss his support for law enforcement at the E Pluribus Unum public rally Saturday at the Oklahoma City Downtown Airpark.

  • Mother's book shares her journey to acceptance

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Sara Cunningham writes about her struggle to accept her gay son in her book “How We Sleep at Night: A Mother’s Memoir.”

  • Ark atop new DC Bible Museum?

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Construction began in mid-February on the new Museum of the Bible being built in Washington, D.C. by the Green Family of Oklahoma. Recently, more details about the project have surfaced. The 430,000-square-foot museum is to be dedicated to the impact, history and narrative of the Bible and the plan is to open it in 2017 […]

  • Blanca: Secure and Singing Solo

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    It’s been two years since contemporary Christian recording artist Blanca Callahan struck out on her own for a solo career. Known simply as Blanca, she said leaving the Christian hip hop group 1 Group Crew to follow a solo path was definitely a leap of faith — one she’s so glad she made. “It’s like […]

  • Oklahoma Baptists to host sexuality & culture conference

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma will host a conference entitled “The Gospel, Sexuality and the Church” on March 9 and 10 at Quail Springs Baptist Church in northwest Oklahoma City.

  • Crowning glory

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

    Hats and the women who wore them were the guests of honor at a recent Crowns Tea hosted by the Midwest City Library in conjunction with Black History Month.

  • Skillet will headline Winter Jam 2015 in Oklahoma City

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

    Contemporary Christian rock band Skillet will be among the recording artists and groups performing as part of the Winter Jam 2015 concert set for March 7 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Muslim group moves ahead with state Capitol event despite threatened protest

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    An event called “Muslim Day at the Capitol” is set for Friday in Oklahoma City.

  • More on the book "Visits to Heaven: Are They Real?"

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    More than a few readers reached out to me this past weekend to say they were very interested in my story in Saturday’s Life section about the book “Visits to Heaven: Are They Real?” The book, written by Edmond pastor and Bible prophecy expert Mark Hitchcock, was released Feb. 17. The preacher read numerous books […]

  • Symbol of hope: One-of-a-kind crucifix art pieces at St. Anthony hospitals

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    American Indian artist Don Narcomey carves one-of-a-kind crucifix art pieces for all St. Anthony Hospitals, including the new St. Anthony Healthplex North that opens for patients on Monday at 13401 N Western, Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma pastor debunks 'visits to heaven' in new book

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    The Rev. Mark Hitchcock, an Edmond pastor and Bible prophecy expert, shares his skepticism about many popular “visits to heaven” in his new book “Visits to Heaven: Are They Real?”




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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