Our Story

Our Beginning

Melody Young, a Paragould resident, had a vision to help teens and women who were in a crisis pregnancy. Then a Fast and Prayer Meeting was held at Unity Baptist Church on July 22nd, 1996, to seek God’s direction and wisdom in starting a Pregnancy Help Center here in Paragould. With that came a Fundraiser Banquet held in September of 1996 with Senator Wooldridge and Senator Boozman in attendance. The fundraiser paved the way to open its doors at 1103 East Kingshighway on May 3rd, 1997.

Purpose and Goals

The Mission of LifeHouse Ministries is to demonstrate and share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ by providing practical help and loving support to those facing an unplanned pregnancy.  We equip women, men and families to make informed decisions regarding abortion, adoption, and parenting alternatives.  We provided services to educate women on parenting in a Godly manner, equip them with the skills to run their households successfully, educate them on job readiness, and nutritional health.  All of the programs and services we provide are completely free to our clients.


After 4 years of growth in client numbers and services, the center relocated to 107 Reynolds Road and changed its name to the LifeHouse Pregnancy Center and then again later changed its name to LifeHouse Ministries. Since then, the center continued to grow and added a variety of programs, to include the Career Closet in 2004. Even more recently, the LifeHouse once again outgrew the facilities on Reynolds Road and moved to its new and current location of 403 E. Kingshighway in Paragould. A Grand Opening/Birthday/Anniversary celebration was held on Monday, February 12th from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a ceremony, in honor of God blessing us with a bigger facility. In 2009 LifeHouse Ministries again moved to it’s current location in order to better served the community at large-since moving to this location we have experienced a 200% growth in clientele. In summary, we’re not just a pregnancy resource center anymore! We strive to help young girls and women in not only educating them during and after pregnancy, but assisting them with job skills, parenting classes, interviews, budgeting, health and nutrition…to name a few.

Our Affiliation!

North American Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention.


Executive Director:    Shawn D. Strouss

Abstinence Instructor:     Robert D. Strouss

And our volunteers…. Tammy Boone, Betty Hicks, Hilary Morgan, April Smith, Kanisha McGraw, and Keshia Stanley

The Twenty-Third Psalm
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.