First off, my name is Ryan and I am a pastor of a church in Oklahoma. I am 32 years old and have never been married. I first got on ChristianMingle about 4 years ago and have been an on-and-off-again paying customer. I had been frustrated for a while because in my position, it is really hard to meet women. Of course when you’re a leader, dating members of your congregation is very tricky, so I thought ChristianMingle could be a place where I might be able to find love. When I first met Stephanie I hadn’t been on the site in a couple of months and something told me to give it a try. So, I reactivated my account and began browsing profiles. Then, I came across the profile of a very beautiful blonde woman with an amazing light about her that totally intrigued me! I decided to send her a smile and see if I got a response! She responded within the day with a message which meant that I would have to pony up the money to become a paying member!
After I joined officially, I opened the message and all it said was “Thanks for the smile.” I thought to myself, “Oh great, I paid the fee and all I got was thanks.” I laughed. Then I decided to send her a lengthy response in hopes to spark a conversation! Well, one day passed and no response from her. Two days, no response. I was really sad thinking that I had paid for absolutely nothing. On the third day, I woke up on Sunday before church and checked my account. Low and behold, Stephanie happened to be online, so I sent her an instant message. She responded to me, we talked for about 30 minutes, and I gave her my phone number. She said she would text me after church and work. She did and we met the next day!
That was February 27, 2012 and the rest is all to God! We are now set to marry at my church on March 9, 2013 and we are expecting about 400 people from about 6 different states. We are so thankful for ChristianMingle. It’s just a huge blessing and we would recommend it to anyone.