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


  • CELEBRATING DIVERSI-TEA

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    An interfaith "tea" event at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City was organized to celebrate the good that comes from interaction and diversity.

  • Oil foil

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    Religious leaders say they are feeling the effects of the recent downturn in the energy industry, and are working on strategies to offset the financial and spiritual anxieties that have resulted.

  • Organizations honor Lankford for anti-abortion legislation efforts

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    Sen. James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican, was honored during the Evangelicals for Life conference Thursday in Washington, D.C.

  • Panel discusses 'Black Lives Matter' movement at Oklahoma City church forum

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    A recent forum at at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City drew about 200 people for an opportunity to discuss the "Black Lives Matter" movement, which has stirred both awareness and controversy in the U.S. Panelists said the movement is relevant in today's society, even though efforts to see it diminished and derailed abound.

  • Wanted for winter: Salvation Army needs blankets

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is urgently seeking donations of blankets for its homeless shelter. Leaders of the faith-based organization said the 109-bed shelter is housing an extra 40 people each night due to ongoing cold temperatures. Maj. Charlotte Gargis, a leader with the Central Oklahoma Area Command, said donors may bring the blanket donations to the Salvation Army Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope, 1001 N Pennsylvania, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. She said monetary donations may be made at the office or online at www.salvationarmyokcac.org.  She said they need new twin size blankets that are machine washable so they can be easily cleaned.

  • Group proposes new Catholic high school for Oklahoma City area

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    A committee is studying the idea of bringing a new Catholic school to Oklahoma City. Cristo Rey Schools founder the Rev. John Foley and other Jesuit priests have helped establish a network of 30 educational institutions across the country, and a group of local business and faith leaders are hopeful a Cristo Rey School can open here in 2017.

  • Concert alert: Kirk Franklin, Martha Munizzi, TobyMac ...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Plenty of contemporary Christian and gospel concerts are coming down the pike in the next few months. Here's a list of some of them. As always, look for more information in future stories of The Oklahoman. February First, the Rock & Worship Road Show will bring the Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Mandisa and Audio Adrenaline to Tulsa on Feb. 6. The concert, which also will feature Phil Wickham and others, will be at 7 p.m. at the Mabee Center, 8100 S Lewis. For more information or tickets, go to https://mabeecenter.com. Contemporary Christian recording artist TobyMac will perform in concert as part of the "Hits Deep Tour" set for 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno.

  • DinnerTableOKC: Something to talk about

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    I noticed as I prepared to sit down for lunch that I didn't know the two men sitting at my table. Before we started our meal we were joined by two women I didn't know, and shortly afterward, another woman took a seat. We were a racially diverse group. In addition to myself, there was another black woman, two white women, a black man and an Indian man.  We were part of a rather large group of people from different metro churches who gathered at Crossings Community Center for a DinnerTableOKC lunch in fall 2015. We were told that we would be discussing race and race relations.

  • Bringing it to the table: Oklahoma residents discuss race relations, build friendships

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    DinnerTableOKC, a group founded by Taylor Doe and Rodney and Cresha Redus in Oklahoma City, is bringing people of different cultures and races together for a meal and peaceful dialogue aimed at racial reconciliation.

  • Churches, houses of worship host King day events

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Several faith-themed events are planned for Sunday and the designated federal Martin Luther King holiday Monday.

  • 'Bishop Ed' puts his head in the game

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma has included a bobblehead in his likeness in a campaign to help raise money for expanding and renovating the diocesan campgrounds in Wewoka.

  • The Rt. Rev. Edward J. Konieczny explains church sanctions to state's Episcopalians

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 16, 2016

    Rt. Rev. Edward J. Konieczny, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, sought Friday to explain in a letter to parishes across the state recent actions taken by the primates of the worldwide Anglican Communion toward the church.

  • Life.Church celebrates its 20th anniversary

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jan 9, 2016

    Edmond's Life.Church celebrates its 20th year. The church has grown with satellite locations in seven states and a Bible app that has been downloaded 200 million times.

  • Congregation calls for kindness

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    The Kindness Project is an initiative launched at St. Luke's United Methodist Church for 2016

  • Metro Sikhs take precautions in anti-Islamic climate

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Oklahoma City Sikhs talk about being mistaken for Muslims and the reactions they've faced after recent violent attacks throughout the world.

  • Giving season: Thunder, Oklahoma Blood Institute team up in drive for lifesaving holiday blood donations

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Dec 27, 2015

    Lorelei Decker-Ross knows that donations of blood are lifesaving, because they helped her when she battled leukemia beginning at age 17. Now cancer-free for two years, she will share her story during holiday blood drives sponsored by the Oklahoma City Thunder, in partnership with the Oklahoma Blood Institute, on Monday and Wednesday.

  • Hugo couple sing and preach gospel through 'Detours'

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Dec 24, 2015

    Mike and Doris Merritt, of Hugo, showcase their musical talents on a new CD "Detours." The couple lead Cowboy Crossings Church and Merritt Cowboy Ministries in Hugo.

  • Decking the halls: Oklahoma City-area residents' Christmas trees reflect themes, schemes, holiday

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Dec 24, 2015

    Summer Shije and Steve Donehue look forward to gathering around their Christmas tree as they host family and friends. Their dilemma is choosing which of six decorated trees to gather around. They, an interior designer and other Oklahomans recently talked about Chr8share pictures

  • Group urges officials to void permit for satanic demonstration

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Dec 23, 2015

    A group of about 60 people held a rosary rally in front of City Hall Wednesday in Oklahoma City as their way of making "reparation" for a satanist's planned Christmas Eve anti-Christian demonstration.

  • Catholic faith group holds rosary rally at City Hall to protest satanists' plans

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Dec 23, 2015

    A group of about 60 people held a rosary rally in front of Oklahoma City Hall about noon on Wednesday as their way to make "reparation" for a satanist's planned Christmas Eve anti-Christian demonstration.




Carla Hinton Thu, May. 05 2016 10:37:28 PM CST @Jokori Thanks for the invite!
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 05 2016 07:58:26 PM CST SNL has got to be salivating ... I'd be interested to be in the meetings where they write the show ...
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 05 2016 01:14:53 PM CST Beautiful day for a stroll in downtown OKC. Enjoying the sunshine today.
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 05 2016 01:06:01 PM CST Rev. Lawrence Neisent, Destiny Christian Center pastor: "Our prayers are making noise in the territory." #NatlDayofPrayer
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 05 2016 12:56:57 PM CST Col. Dedrick Hoskins, OK Natl Guard, praying for military, protection personnel: "Lord we glorify you in our service." #NatlDayofPrayer
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 05 2016 12:49:19 PM CST KFOR anchorman Kevin Ogle: "Thank you for blessing me to be in the industry you blessed me with." #NatlDayofPrayer
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 05 2016 12:40:01 PM CST Myron Pope, UCO VP external affairs: "Inspire all Christians in education to be your shining lights in schools." #NatlDayofPrayer
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 05 2016 12:36:55 PM CST Business leader Pattye Moore:"We know that true significance comes when we are working to glorify you & bld your kingdom." #NatlDayofPrayer
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 05 2016 12:31:23 PM CST https://t.co/TlgyaKQ1S7. Todd Lamb: "God, we pray for a hedge of protection around the children of Oklahoma." #NatlDayofPrayer
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 05 2016 12:23:13 PM CST Gov. Mary Fallin: This is probably one of the most important things you will do today ... praying our hearts out to God." #NatlDayofPrayer
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 05 2016 12:09:10 PM CST The Rev. Mark McAdow, First UMC-OKC pastor to visitors: "We are thankful to have you and that you are a praying people." #NatlDayofPrayer
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 05 2016 11:50:28 AM CST I'm at the Natl Day of Prayer Service at First United Methodist Church-OKC. https://t.co/lvl7ovlxOY
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 05 2016 11:24:10 AM CST Anne Graham Lotz is new Natl Day of Prayer chairman: Carla Hinton Anne Graham Lotz is the new chaiman of th... https://t.co/xdJtx6qVFG
Carla Hinton Tue, May. 03 2016 11:44:45 PM CST @NathanPoppe Uh oh ...
Carla Hinton Tue, May. 03 2016 09:18:33 AM CST @stevelackmeyer @TheOklahoman That is sorely needed downtown. I have to read story because I'm mystified about "image issue."
Carla Hinton Mon, May. 02 2016 10:42:54 PM CST Sooooo Danny Green can shoot threes... who'd a thought? #WAKEUPTHUNDER #FOURTHQUARTER
Carla Hinton Mon, May. 02 2016 10:41:20 AM CST RT @Mecoy: You may see @BriOKC afoot this week as she sets out today to trace the path of Route 66 through OKC https://t.co/zpIZlRnFn7
Carla Hinton Sun, May. 01 2016 04:06:56 PM CST @EDGODFREY Funny!
Carla Hinton Sun, May. 01 2016 10:35:23 AM CST I'm at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in OKC for a special ceremony this morning.
Carla Hinton Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:19:17 PM CST @DarnellMayberry !!!

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