ChristianMingle held a contest, looking for the new faces of ChristianMingle. The winners were awarded $1,000 and have the chance to appear in a national campaign. We will be launching a four-part series, introducing all of our winners.

Get to know our fourth winner, Kelsey!

What do you do for a living?

I am a nurse at a rehabilitation center, but I eventually want to work with IVF and help families struggling with infertility to have children.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I like to get outdoors, either staying close to home with a run or walking my dog, or venturing out and hiking or going to the beach. Walking around the cliffs at Pacific City is one of my favorite things ever. A lot of times, though, I enjoy staying home with Netflix or watching “Friends” re-runs with a cozy blanket, especially after a long week at work!

How would you describe your personality?

I’d definitely say I’m someone with many layers. Those who are first getting to know me might describe me as quiet, but once I warm up to people, I’m usually the sassy and sarcastic one that is always trying to make people laugh. I have a big heart and always try to see the best in others, sometimes to a fault. I consider myself an “extroverted introvert.” I love being around people and spending nights out with my friends, but definitely need alone time to recharge and will tire out after too much small talk. I believe kindness is what makes the world go ‘round, and I try my best to spread it as much as I can!

What’s your idea of a perfect date?

My idea of a perfect date would be something active, like a fun hike where we can talk and get to know each other while spending time outdoors. Ideally we would pack lunch or dinner with us and have a picnic of sorts. Then, the date would end with dessert because, come on, we earned it!

How did you find out about the #MeetMeOnMingle contest?

I logged onto my ChristianMingle profile and saw it advertised and decided to give it a shot!

How do you feel about being the new face of ChristianMingle?

I’m pretty excited! I have been in the online dating world for a few years with no luck and had never tried ChristianMingle. So far I’ve connected with lots of people who share my values and that has been so encouraging. I am a bit of a hopeless romantic and believe that God’s perfect match for me is out there somewhere, so I am honored to be the face of an organization that believes that, too!

What do you plan to do with the prize money?

I talk in my profile about how much the people in my life mean to me and how I believe that relationships with others are God’s greatest gifts to us. I went to college in southern California and have moved 1,000 miles away from most of my close friends who are still there starting their careers and their lives. I am hoping to use the money to travel to LA and spend time with all of the people that I miss having in my life!

How did you first hear about ChristianMingle?

I went to a Christian college and knew some people there that were using the site, so I heard about it through word of mouth.

When considering all the dating site options, why did you choose to join ChristianMingle?

To be honest, this is not the first dating site I joined. I tried all of the free ones first and found it to be mostly a hook-up culture. I tried a couple others after that and found that I was seeing the same faces on every site. I decided to try ChristianMingle and was happily surprised to see a whole bunch of new people.

What do you think about the new ChristianMingle?

I think it’s great! It’s easy to use and straight-forward. I hate logging on to sites and getting a headache trying to figure out how to navigate through, but the new design makes it easy to browse profiles and matches!

What are some of your favorite features of the site?

I love the way the individual profiles are designed; I can take a quick glance at someone’s page and get a good idea of whether or not I want to read more! I also like that I can see who viewed or smiled at me. A lot of times, I find that guys are too shy to make the first move (or want to see if I will), so if I like them and saw them checking me out, I can make a move with a little more courage!

Have you ever made any changes to your profile that led to better matches or more responses? If so, what were they?

When I first joined the site, I wrote a minimal amount of information about myself, mostly just to complete my profile and get started. I started browsing other pages and noticed how open people were about themselves. I decided to be a little more honest and write more about who I am and found that I got a lot of responses from people who really appreciated that. It’s already hard enough to tell who someone is online, but if they don’t share enough insight into themselves, it’s practically impossible!

What makes ChristianMingle special among other dating sites? What about it makes you proud to be the new face of the site?

Most other dating sites bring people together with the common denominator that they want to find someone to date (or hook up with). I love that ChristianMingle brings people together with something so much greater than that as a common interest. It brings people together who are not only looking for someone to date, but for someone who shares a passion for the most important thing in the world: our love for God. I love that this site asks people important questions and provokes thoughtful conversation about things that matter. I am proud to be the face of a site that brings people together with God at the heart of it all.

Would you share with us the best date that you experienced with a member of ChristianMingle?

I went on a date over Christmas with a guy who took me ice skating, which of course is always hilarious for two people who don’t ice skate. We laughed and talked and it was a great ice breaker (no pun intended). We ate dinner at the rink, which was fun and casual, then got hot chocolate and drove around town looking at Christmas lights and judging which houses were the best. This gave us a really great opportunity to have good conversation and get to know each other. Definitely a great date!

What is the one piece of advice you’d give to someone who is skeptical of online dating?

Try it! I have been one of those people, and honestly, sometimes I still am. But I’ve met a lot of great people throughout the process, and just because you’re talking with someone online, it doesn’t make you obligated to meet them! As long as you’re safe and use common sense in the process, it really is great. For someone like me who isn’t great at real-world flirting, it takes away the awkward “Is he looking at me?” panic of meeting someone in public. If the two of you have hit it off online, it’s because you’re interested in each other! There’s no guessing there. I love how straight-forward it is. And the great thing about a site like ChristianMingle is that you know that you already have something so important in common, and that is so hard to find in the real world! I would suggest it to everyone!


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