Introduction to Harry Coumnas • For Harry Coumnas, religion has always been central to his life. • He grew up in a deeply religious community in rural Alabama and was raised by deeply religious parents. • His whole life has been heavily influenced by religion and it has been the guiding force through many events throughout his life.
Harry’s Childhood • Harry Coumnas’ father was an accomplished Korean War veteran and his mother was a Sunday school teacher. • He was born into a quiet rural community outside Mobile, Alabama where he grew up in modest surroundings. • From the day he was born, he attended church twice a week and showed little enthusiasm for religion.
Turning Point in Harry’s Life • The death of his mother was a turning point for Harry Coumnasand his father. • For his father, it led him to question his faith and he became more distant. • For Harry, the opposite happened. In his grief, he turned to the church for comfort. • The comfort he found led him to dedicate his life to his faith and he became very active in his church, studying the bible and joining his church choir.
Harry’s Educational Background • By the time he was 13, Harry was already preaching and demonstrated so much talent that his pastor sponsored him for a scholarship to private religious school. • For a time he seemed poised for a promising career in any of his local churches and despite his notoriety throughout the community, Harry decided to further his religious education. • His preaching and academic skills were enough to earn him a scholarship to Liberty University, a religious school in Lynchburg, Virginia.