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


  • Oklahomans have prayer vigil for Charleston, S.C., church victims

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    A prayer service Sunday at Avery Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1425 N Kelham, Oklahoma City, drew about 250 people to offer prayers for the Charleston, S.C., community reeling from the June 17 massacre at a historic black church.

  • Faith Notes: Weekend June 20-21

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Here are several faith-themed events planned for the weekend:   Saturday, June 20   “Praise in the Stadium” continues through 9 p.m. at Douglass High School’s Moses F. Miller Stadium, 900 Martin Luther King Ave. The event is hosted by Secret Place Community Church, Good News Festival with Franklin Graham and Burn 24-7. Organizers said local […]

  • Boot camp by the Book: Oklahoma City church offers summer program with military-style approach

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Operation Truth Boot Camp at Greater Cleaves Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City is a summer program that combines faith themes with a military-style approach. It recently hosted 57 young people ages 5 to 18.

  • OKC community prayer vigil for Charleston, S.C., set for Sunday, June 21

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    An Oklahoma City Community Prayer Vigil for Charleston, S.C., will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 21 at Avery Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1425 N Kelham. The church’s senior pastor is the Rev. D. Lavel Crawford (pictured). A flier and Facebook promotion about the event said all communities of faith are invited to attend. […]

  • Three in Oklahoma to be ordained to the Catholic priesthood

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Three Oklahoma men will be ordained to the Catholic priesthood on June 27.

  • Young Oklahoma Muslims discuss leadership, effects of 'Islamaphobia'

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    The Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium at Oklahoma City University was hosted by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

  • Oklahoma City preacher leads street corner initiative aimed at curbing violence

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    A northeast Oklahoma City preacher is taking to the street corners to help curb violence in his part of town. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, senior pastor of East Sixth Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), said his new initiative called Occupy the Corner-OKC is aimed at raising awareness about increased violence, particularly gun violence, during the summer months in local neighborhoods.

  • Baptist leaders cancel next Falls Creek youth camp session

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    DAVIS — The June 22-26 session of Falls Creek youth camp has been canceled due to flooding in the Turner Falls area, Baptist leaders said. Officials with Falls Creek Baptist Camp & Conference Center near Davis said the upcoming camp session will not take place due to continued infrastructure challenges.  “We regret to announce that […]

  • Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, started today, June 18. It is one of the five pillars, or obligations, of Islam. Many Muslims around the world abstain from food, drink and sensual pleasures from dawn to sunset during the month, which commemorates the divine revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. In majority-Muslim countries, […]

  • Falls Creek youth camp session is ending early due to rising Washita River

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    DAVIS — The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma said Wednesday campers are being released early from the Week 3 session of Falls Creek youth camp in response to infrastructure challenges from the massive rainfall in the Turner Falls area. Brian Hobbs, the convention’s communication’s director and spokesman for Falls Creek, said “Our leaders have carefully […]

  • Falls Creek staff took safety precautions Wednesday due to flooding

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Thousands of campers have been gathering together each night at a popular Baptist youth camp in the Turner Falls area, but the worship meeting was canceled on Wednesday due to flood waters. Brian Hobbs, communications director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said staff members at Falls Creek Baptist Camp & Conference Center asked […]

  • Death penalty opponents to host forum Thursday, June 18

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    As part of an upcoming campaign to defeat State Question 776, the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) will host a forum on “Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at First Unitarian Church, 600 NW 13. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is presented by Restoring […]

  • Oklahoma angle: State Baptists also affirm anti-same-sex marriage stance

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editorchinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    At least one leader of Oklahoma's Southern Baptists said he wasn't surprised by the stance of convention President Ronnie Floyd that he would not officiate at a same-sex union.

  • Skyline Urban Ministry has new executive director

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    The Rev. Deborah Ingraham is the new executive director of Skyline Urban Ministries, a social service agency affiliated with the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Ingraham has been in the news lately because she was senior pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church. The Epworth congregation recently held its last service in the […]

  • Youths spread God's love ... and lots of paint in northwest Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    The Love OKC Student Conference community service project came to northwest Oklahoma City this week, with participants cleaning and painting in the name of service.

  • Happy trails: Oklahoma youths find adventure at day camp offered by faith-based Scouts-like group

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    About 75 Oklahoma City-area boys and girls spent a week rediscovering the outdoors at a recent day camp hosted Trail Life USA and American Heritage Girls, two faith-based Scouts-like groups. Trail Life has several affiliates in Oklahoma.

  • Church hopes to purchase neighboring house of worship

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    The Rev. Hance Dilbeck, senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist, said his congregation will meet June 28 to vote on a proposal to purchase the neighboring property, which includes 20 acres plus a 70,000-square-foot church building.

  • Franklin Graham suggests boycott of LGBT-friendly companies

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Several news outlets are reporting that evangelist Franklin Graham (pictured) has suggested that Christians refrain from doing business with companies considered friendly to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Graham, son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, is head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “Have you ever asked yourself how can we fight the […]

  • Flooded with support: Baptists 'mud-out' crews stay busy helping Oklahoma storm victims

    By Carla Hinton

    Religion Editor

    chinton@oklahoman.com 

    | Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Sam Porter, director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, said hundreds of homeowners are faced with home damage in the aftermath of May storms that caused extensive flooding throughout Oklahoma.

  • Flooded with support

    By Carla Hinton

    Religion Editor

    chinton@oklahoman.com 

    | Updated: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    When water flooded his Newalla home twice in May, causing his puppy to “doggie paddle” around the living room floor, U.S. Army veteran James Anderson knew he would end up with a lot of work to do. Much to his surprise, a group of Southern Baptists showed up at his door Wednesday to help him haul out ruined furniture and debris, cut out water-soaked sheet rock and take steps to prevent mold. “Before they got here, I was the only one working so it’s been a godsend that they’re here,” Anderson said, grinning gratefully.  Sam Porter, director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, said hundreds of homeowners like Anderson are faced with similar circumstances in the aftermath of May storms that caused extensive




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Carla Hinton Mon, Aug. 31 2015 04:30:42 PM CST How 'War Room' Became a Biblical Box Office Smash: Outside of evangelical circles, the names Alex Kendrick and... http://t.co/YVqDtjhFzY
Carla Hinton Sat, Aug. 29 2015 10:38:58 PM CST Group holds prayer vigil at Ten Commandments monument: A group made up of metro area residents and individuals... http://t.co/otRSFGumif
Carla Hinton Sat, Aug. 29 2015 09:37:16 AM CST I'm at a volunteer event for Kairos prison ministry.
Carla Hinton Sat, Aug. 29 2015 09:35:38 AM CST @OKRelig Thanks for the retweet! I'm reading "Fervent" now. It's very good.
Carla Hinton Sat, Aug. 29 2015 01:32:06 AM CST Q&A with "War Room" star Priscilla Shirer: Carla HintonPriscilla Shirer is best known as an author, speaker, m... http://t.co/muDo6tAEEL
Carla Hinton Wed, Aug. 26 2015 06:56:07 PM CST No 'religious battle' over Middle Eastern attire, OU dean says: Carla HintonNORMAN -- A University of Oklahoma... http://t.co/sNa2dov9Ws
Carla Hinton Wed, Aug. 26 2015 11:47:43 AM CST Mormon Church says it will stay with Boy Scouts of America: Carla Hinton[img width="" height="" style="" rende... http://t.co/GdBd0f8mLR
Carla Hinton Tue, Aug. 25 2015 07:09:01 PM CST I'm at the Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice's award dinner for UCO Prez Don Betz. Event is at the Skirvin.
Carla Hinton Tue, Aug. 25 2015 05:02:27 PM CST Waiting on the NBA season to start. #Basketball
Carla Hinton Mon, Aug. 24 2015 02:03:43 PM CST Roman Catholic leader offers statement on death of Mark Costello: Carla Hinton[img width="" height="" style=""... http://t.co/2eMOPqAGIJ
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 06:19:56 PM CST I got to go backstage and chat with recording artist Michael W. Smith for a bit. Story coming soon. #OKCGoodNews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 06:14:51 PM CST RT @BGEA: .@Franklin_Graham those who came up front: "God already knows you're a sinner. He just wants to hear you say it." #okcgoodnews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 06:11:55 PM CST RT @BGEA: .@Franklin_Graham to those in their seats: "Don't let pride hold you back." Watch: http://t.co/GYnT3EV4HD #okcgoodnews
Carla Hinton Sun, Aug. 23 2015 06:08:39 PM CST Altar call is a sight to see. Kids, grey - haired folks and everybody in between are on the Chesapeake floor. #okcgoodnews

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