Couple Wins Big in ChristianMingle(R) "Share the Good News" Contest

Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:06am EDT

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The largest and most popular online community for Christian singles,, is also the place where two sisters met their soul
mates within two years of each other. Determined to win the 7-night Club
Med(R) resort vacation grand prize in ChristianMingle's inaugural "Share
the Good News" contest, Kerstin Nelson shared how finding her husband on
ChristianMingle inspired her sister, Anna, to go on the site and find
success, too.

    "Even through reluctance and a bad attitude, God can still be at work to
help you find your soul mate." This was the theme interwoven throughout
Kerstin's love story. Feeling less than positive, Kerstin decided to give
ChristianMingle a try. Two months later, she decided to put her best foot
forward, sending smiles to ten different men in one sitting. One of those
smiles, to Ryan, would be the last she would ever send.

    Initially, Kerstin thought she and Ryan had nothing in common, except for
living in California, but time would prove Ryan to become her best friend
and the man she believed God intended her to marry. For months they spoke
constantly on the phone and flew to see each other as often as they could.

    In Ryan, Kerstin found a man who captured her heart. Almost one year
after they met on ChristianMingle, they began to talk marriage and rings.
Ryan, an avid iPhone(R) user, decided to play a little trick on his
bride-to-be by putting her engagement ring in an iPhone box to throw her
off until the proposal. A few months later, they wed in an intimate
ceremony in the redwoods of Santa Cruz, California.

    Kerstin's younger sister, Anna, toasted the newlyweds, sharing that they
had inspired her to believe she might be able to find her soul mate on
ChristianMingle as well. Anna had been on the site before, but decided to
give it one more try; and just one month into her membership, she began
exchanging "smiles" with her top pick, Dan from Canada. As their love
story unfolded, they were married in a beautiful church in Victoria,
British Columbia. Their dad calls Kerstin and Anna his "North and South"
girls, one living in Victoria and the other living in Los Angeles.

    "Kerstin and Ryan's success story, as well as the hundreds of other
submissions we received, is a powerful testament to the role
ChristianMingle plays in the Christian community," said Ashley Reccord,
ChristianMingle's Community Manager. "ChristianMingle's mission is to
help bring together Christian singles looking for Christ-centered
relationships. As the leading online Christian community, we are excited
to see the site continually bringing together men and woman whose faith
is the cornerstone of all they do."

    For this couple, life keeps getting better and better. Shortly after
their first honeymoon, they discovered they were pregnant with their
first son, Evan, who was born April 23, 2010. And now, looking back,
Kerstin says, "Yes, God can do anything, even when we have a bad

 With over 1.5 million active members
worldwide, ChristianMingle ( is the leading
online community for Christian singles. ChristianMingle is owned and
operated by Spark Networks(R), Inc. (, one of the world's
leading providers of online personals services. Spark Networks' shares
trade on the NYSE Amex under the symbol "LOV" (NYSE Amex: LOV). In
addition to ChristianMingle, the Spark Networks portfolio of consumer
websites includes, among others, JDate(R).com (, ( and SilverSingles(R).com


Arielle Schechtman

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