Associate of Arts, Anderson (South Carolina.) Junior College, 1980; Bachelor, Central (South Carolina.) Wesleyan College, 1982; Master in Division, Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West, South Carolina., 1986.
Mission pastor, Chiquola Baptist Church, Honea Path, South Carolina., 1981-1983; pastor, Friendship Baptist Church, Honea Path, 1983-1988; pastor, Antioch Baptist Church, Lancaster, South Carolina., since 1988.
Board of directors Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault, since 1989, board secretary, treasurer, since 1991. Instructor Associational Vacation Bible School for Older Children, Moriah Baptist Association, 1989-1991. Board directors Connie Maxwell Children's Home, Greenwood, South Carolina., 1990-1991.
Son of James Edward and Helen Sylvene (Shaw) D. M. Teresa Lynne Carnes. Children: Hannah Brett, Jared James.