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

  •'s Bobby G. hopes to inspire you ...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    There are numerous angles and twists and turns in the story of’s extremely popular YouVersion Bible app and its creator Bobby Gruenewald. So much so that I couldn’t quite capture it all in my story in today’s Oklahoman.  For years, I’ve wanted to follow Gruenewald for a even a week,  just to see how he successfully juggles all […]

  • Same-sex marriage: Kenny & Bo wait no more

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    As  photographs and information from the Oklahoma County Courthouse made their way to the newsroom Monday afternoon, I wasn’t surprised to see pictures of a certain couple at the county clerk’s office preparing to get their marriage license. Kenny Wright and Barry “Bo” Bass were the focus of my April story “Waiting to Wed”  (shown above in […]

  • Religious leaders' reactions to to same-sex marriage decision varies

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    Religious leaders’ reactions to same-sex marriage decision varies, with several clergymen saying the court system has superseded the will of the people — but cannot trump God’s law.

  • Attorney says religious liberty issues continue to rise to the surface

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Kristina Arriaga, executive director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, talked about the subject of religious freedom during a recent visit to Oklahoma City.

  • Night of farewells: Methodist ministry hosts last worship service and meal due to sale of Oklahoma City church building

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    Skyline Urban Ministry’s headquarters in a historic church building at 701 NW 8 in Oklahoma City has been purchased by nearby St. Anthony Hospital. The ministry recently held its last Saturday night worship service and free meal outreach at the church, although its food pantry and eye glass ministry will reopen soon in south Oklahoma City.

  • Ministry's pantry offers food for last time at Oklahoma City church location

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    The site director for the Skyline Urban Ministry food pantry said the Oklahoma City community will ultimately benefit by the relocation of the outreach. Brandy Conrad said that’s why she is looking forward to the popular pantry’s relocation from an older church building at 701 NW 8 to Skyline’s McKee Center complex at 500 SE 15.

  • Catholic archbishop says Civic Center has been spiritually cleansed after satanic 'black mass' in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Roman Catholic Archbishop Paul S. Coakley performed “prayers of exorcism” on the Civic Center Music Hall on the day after a satanic “black mass” was held at the Oklahoma City public venue.

  • Oklahoma City run to raise funds for groups battling human trafficking

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    The second annual Voices in the Dark Run-Walk is set for Sunday at Wheeler Park, 1120 S Western Ave. Proceeds from the run will benefit three local nonprofits working to combat human trafficking.

  • Updated: Singer Kari Jobe will bring 'The Majestic Tour” to Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Contemporary Christian recording artist Kari Jobe will lead a night of praise and worship in Oklahoma City as part of “The Majestic Tour.”

  • Run to combat human trafficking

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Earlier this year, I wrote a story about a faith-based group called No Boundaries International that has been working for several years to combat human trafficking all over the world and specifically in Oklahoma City. The organization is one of three nonprofits that will benefit from proceeds raised from the upcoming “Voices in the Dark” 5k […]

  • Footnotes: Oklahoma man shares his faith through shoe ministry

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

    Hayden Blessing, of Shawnee, has a faith-based ministry called Witness Kicks that distributes shoes to those who need them in Oklahoma and abroad.

  • Oklahoma City is designated as National Bible City for 2014

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

    Festivities are planned to mark Oklahoma City’s designation as the National Bible Association’s National Bible City for 2014.

  • Oklahoma beheading: Muslim religious leaders say Moore suspect visited local mosque

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

    Senior leaders of a prominent Oklahoma City mosque said several people remember seeing the suspect in the Vaughan Foods attack and beheading at their house of worship and described him as being “quiet,” “low-key” and “odd.”

  • Jewish High Holy Days are here

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    The Jewish community is in the midst of observing the High Holy Days, with the beginning of Rosh Hashana at sundown yesterday. The High Holy Days are the 10 days between  Rosh Hashana — the Jewish New Year — and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. These 10 days also are often called the “Days […]

  • 'Black mass' draws half the expected crowd, proceeds despite protests

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    About half the people who bought tickets for a satanic group’s “black mass” showed up for the event Sunday at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. Even so, the group’s leader Adam Daniels said he was pleased with the outcome — calling it a victory because “we got it done.” As hundreds of people outside the venue chanted prayers and sang songs of Christian faith, Daniels and a group of about five people with his Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate, acknowledged Satan as their ruler in a parody of a Catholic Eucharistic Mass. “I proclaim that Satan, Lucifer rules the Earth,” Daniels said during the black mass.

  • Hundreds gather in Oklahoma City to pray, protest 'black mass'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, spiritual leader for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, shared the reason for the afternoon gathering — a war being waged against the devil.

  • Oklahoma Catholics reflect on warrior archangel as 'black mass' looms

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    St. Michael the Archangel is the focus of a prayer that is being said during Mass in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to counter an organization’s plans for a satanic “black mass.” Several local Catholic priests said the prayer is fitting as metro-area and state Catholics continue their prayer campaign against the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate’s black mass event set for Sunday .

  • News sounds of the High Holy Days emerge in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Linda Sweenie, the multitalented new zemer or music director at Temple B’nai Israel in Oklahoma City, is preparing the congregation for a musical High Holy Days.

  • Oklahoma City archbishop worries showdown over satanic 'black mass' may loom

    By Carla Hinton and William Crum, Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    At least three individuals and groups have requested permits to protest outside Oklahoma City’s Civic Center, 201 N Walker, where a satanic “black mass” is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday. Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, who filed a successful lawsuit to retrieve a consecrated Eucharist host to keep the satanist group from using it, said he won’t attend the black mass.

  • 'Coping with vision loss' seminar is set at New Hope United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City

    BY CARLA HINTON | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    A seminar called ‘Coping with Vision Loss’ for individuals who are blind or losing their sight is set for Saturday at New Hope United Methodist Church, 11600 N Council Road.

Carla Hinton Sun, Jan. 25 2015 03:58:27 PM CST Just need a lttle cheese to go with the consistent "whine" from LeBron James. He is ridiculous and the refs let him do it. #Thunderup
Carla Hinton Sun, Jan. 25 2015 12:45:04 AM CST RT @cforbesoklahoma: #WhereWasGod wins Best Feature Documentary at #TrailDance film festival LINK
Carla Hinton Sun, Jan. 25 2015 12:41:50 AM CST @sarahcphipps Adorable!
Carla Hinton Sat, Jan. 24 2015 06:25:30 PM CST @tiffany_cooper Yes it sure is! I wouldn't miss all this for anything!
Carla Hinton Sat, Jan. 24 2015 06:13:08 PM CST Nothing like the jitters before a track race. ... And I'm not the one running. #TrackMomtalking
Carla Hinton Sat, Jan. 24 2015 08:57:30 AM CST @IBCentralOK Thanks for the follow!
Carla Hinton Fri, Jan. 23 2015 06:55:03 PM CST Thabo sighting!! Good to see him again even if he's playing for the competition. #Thunderup!
Carla Hinton Thu, Jan. 22 2015 04:36:00 AM CST @bobbyross I agree# It's fun. Yes I see the tweets about your Rangers. Obsession comes to mind ... just kidding!
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:31:38 PM CST @davidwwhitlock @BAMOK Yep!
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:30:53 PM CST @bobbyross Bobby you are too much!
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:30:25 PM CST @BabsieSmalls @W_DistrictOKC You are welcome. I need to come to one of the events.
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:29:37 PM CST @bobbyross Thanks Bobby. It really does help relieve stress. Of course my family thinks I'm in waaayyyy too deep! ...
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:00:48 PM CST RT @BAMOK: Thunder wins! Because #execution. #thunderup #overtime
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:00:21 PM CST Did my heart skip two beats when Wall took that shot? Yesiree!... It bricked thank goodness. #Thunderup!!!
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 09:58:28 PM CST Like I said LWBW:Let Westbrook Be Westbrook! #Thunderup
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 09:57:19 PM CST Watching these games helps relieve stress--unless the Thunder go into overtime in a game they really really really need to win ... #Ohwell
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 09:53:29 PM CST Roberson had a clean block. That was no goal tending just good defense. #Thunderup
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 09:49:38 PM CST And that's what you call karma Nene ... #Thunderup
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 09:48:57 PM CST Adams and Nene ... wrong call refs, wrong call. #Thunderup
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 09:44:12 PM CST KD makes a big time basket: "Take that to the wizard!" #Thunderup