SOURCE: Spark Networks

Spark Networks

August 23, 2011 07:06 ET

Couple Wins Big in ChristianMingle® "Share the Good News" Contest

Kerstin and Ryan Nelson to Use Paradise Vacation Grand Prize for Second Honeymoon

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 23, 2011) - 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® 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® 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 attitude."

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®, 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®.com (,® ( and SilverSingles®.com (

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