Katherine and Mark have THE most adorable engagement story you will read this week! They married on November 17, 2018. Christian Mingle is so pleased to have played a role in their love story and wishes them every joy for their future together.
How did you meet? What was your first date like? Tell us all the details!
Katherine and Mark actually grew up about 30 minutes from each other in the triad area of North Carolina. However, they did not know each other prior to joining Christian Mingle. In 2017, Katherine had recently moved back to the area, and was working as a nurse. Mark was living just north of Raleigh and serving as an Associate/Youth Pastor in a local church.
They were both in a stage of life where they were ready to intentionally meet someone with like-minded goals and values. Both had high hopes that an online dating site would provide that opportunity.
Mark just happened to strike up a conversation with Katherine about living in Arizona and electronic dance music. After just a few exchanges, they both felt that they shared a special connection. It was just a matter of weeks before they would meet, and began dating in September of 2017.
Describe the moment you knew it was true love!
In May of 2018, Mark moved back to the triad area to begin serving at a new church. They both were excited for this new ministry opportunity, and to now live a half an hour from each other! But this was also a new season of excitement, because they were talking about marriage and were planning to spend the rest of their lives together. They both shared the conviction that God created marriage to be a covenant between a man and a woman that will last a lifetime. They admired, supported, and loved each other to the point that they knew that they could not spend their lives any other way than together.
On June 27, 2018, Mark decided that he would take Katherine for a day date to the North Carolina Zoo. Katherine loves animals, and the zoo is one of their favorite places to enjoy together. She just thought that this was a normal day, but she would soon learn that Mark had a surprise up his sleeve. Not long into their visit, they came to the polar bear exhibit. As they gazed through the glass on the lower level, Mark mentioned he had something in his backpack that he wanted to show her.
As they sat down, Mark revealed that he created a “love book” as a fun way to detail the recent memories of their relationship. The book included some of their favorite activities, outings, and even a few of their inside jokes. The end of the book indicated that Mark wanted to ask Katherine a very important question. Katherine curiously turned to the next page to discover that it said, “Will you marry me?” Mark then knelt down on one knee, told Katherine how much he loved her, that he could not live without her, and then repeated the question that she had just read: “Will you marry me?” To his question, Katherine eagerly exclaimed, “Yes!”.
They were then able to enjoy an entire day at the zoo together as an engaged couple. That evening, they celebrated this big decision with both of their families. They were married on November 17, 2018, and so are grateful to God for bringing them together, and look forward to sharing the rest of their lives side by side as they seek to love Jesus, and reflect His love to the world.
What advice would you give other Christian Mingle members?
“Some advice we would provide for current Christian Mingle members would to first be patient. It’s ok to be selective with whom you engage in meaningful conversation, and only invest large amounts of time communicating with a person whom you could see real potential for a long term relationship. Additionally, it cannot be overstated that we all need to submit our trust to the Lord in every area of our lives, including our romantic relationships. Instead of beginning with all of the “potentials” on the site, begin with diligently seeking the Lord in prayer as you ask for His wisdom to lead you into meaningful friendships that have the potential to blossom into a Christ-exalting romantic relationship.”