Welcome “A Board”-Melissa Traman

Welcome “A Board”-Melissa Traman

My name is Melissa (Van Ert) Traman. I live in East Moline, IL and am a member of and guest services volunteer at Calvary Church of the Quad Cities in Moline. I am the mother of two healthy, sweet, intelligent, talented, and comical children, a girl (6) and a boy (5). I grew up in Moline and graduated from Moline Senior High School in 2002. I moved to Tucson, AZ after high school to attend the University of Arizona, graduating in 2006 with a B.A. in History and a Spanish minor. In April 2008, my daughter was born in May 2008, I began online classes at the University of Phoenix. I finished the University of Phoenix MBA program in 2010 and currently work as the secretary treasurer and office manager of a local debt collections company.

I am the 2nd of 4 children, the 3rd of which was born with chromosomal development abnormalities. Sanctity of human life is important for the pro-life movement regarding abortion, but it's also important not to overlook the increasingly threatened sanctity of human life regarding the handicapped, disabled, and those who otherwise are at risk under the will of others for continuance of life.

I had known about Pregnancy Resources for many years from driving past its Moline location and from advertising, and more recently from my church's participation in the Baby Bottle Fundraiser.

I was invited to join the ministry by former President and Board Member, Kevin Barker. After telling Kevin a personal story of the news of my unplanned pregnancy with my daughter and the journey thereafter, Kevin became interested in inviting me to apply for a board position.

Since being a part of Pregnancy Resources, my eyes are more open to scriptural truth regarding sanctity of human life (of which there is an abundance), more open to the world's lies regarding life (which give this ministry its purpose) as well as to the spiritual warfare that this type of ministry combats.

The pro-life movement isn't something to be won by politics, but by prayer, conviction, faith, encouragement, testimony, and Jesus Christ.