Carrie was born in Kansas City, Missouri and baptized in the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church. Her father was an engineer at Burns McDonnell. When he was sent across the state to start a branch office, their family moved to the West Suburbs of Saint Louis. Carrie and her twin sister, Katie, grew up in Manchester United Methodist Church and would be confirmed there.
Carrie graduated from Crossroads College Preparatory School and moved to Illinois to attend Knox College. After graduation from Knox she spent a year along the Mexican-U.S. border providing humanitarian relief to undocumented migrants as a Young Adult Volunteer for the Presbyterian Church.
She applied to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary to begin studies in fall 2008. She had some extra time between her mission work and seminary. Her sister was completing a stint teaching in Chile, so Carrie met her sister and they backpacked through South America for six months. Her time on the border and backpacking with her sister were life-changing experiences that would inform her understanding of poverty, cultures, and migration.
While attending Garrett-Evangelical she met Scott Carnes and they married eighteen months later. They began their married life in Pontiac, where Scott was the pastor, and Carrie was an intern at Chenoa United Methodist Church, nearby. When the pastor was suddenly moved mid-year, she began preaching regularly and was appointed as a pastor at the church upon her graduation from seminary.
Carrie loved the congregation and the community at Chenoa and was fortunate to remain there even when Scott was moved to Normal, Illinois. In 2014 both, Scott and Carrie, were reappointed. Carrie became an associate pastor at First United Methodist Church of Peoria where she has continued to serve, since.