LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 24, 2016) - ChristianMingle™ announced today a first of its kind, co-branded church initiative enabling single Christians within congregations to easily connect with one another on ChristianMingle through dedicated search capabilities, discounted membership fees and exclusive personalized customer service offerings. Among the early churches partnering with ChristianMingle to offer this unique program to their members are Grace Family Church in Lutz, FL and New Horizon Church International in Jackson, MS. Together, their congregations represent over 10,000 single adults.

"New Horizon Church International is a congregation that wants to see each of our members have opportunities to make lasting, good relational connections," said Bishop Ronnie Crudup, Senior Pastor of New Horizon. "We realize that many of our people are single. But with the help of Christian Mingle, we are excited that we now have the means to include everyone in our effort to assist members in finding significant others."

This new program provides partner church members a virtual community within ChristianMingle, allowing them to find other members of their church as well as participate in the broader ChristianMingle community. Through badges on members' profiles they are able to highlight their affiliation with their church and search for others. Additionally, members receive discounted subscription rates and exclusive profile-creating support from the trusted Relationship Experts at ChristianMingle.

"After speaking with numerous pastors about their concern with how their single members are participating in the online dating world, we have worked with them to develop a community that shares their values," said Michael Egan, Chief Executive Officer at Spark Networks. "This is an important part of our mission to help single Christians around the world and to promote healthy, happy, Christian-inspired relationships. This is just the first step and we are eager to continue to work with our church partners to help them serve their singles congregations."

With over one-third of couples meeting online in the U.S. today, ChristianMingle distinguishes itself by offering the comfort and convenience necessary for meeting like-minded people in today's dating environment. Thanks to its faith-based content and effective and proven dating advice, ChristianMingle is responsible for more Christian marriages than any other dating website, per an independent survey recently conducted by Survata on married Christians attending church at least once per year.

As the world's largest Christian dating site, ChristianMingle is a trusted online dating leader with over 15 million like-minded members creating meaningful matches and lasting connections. ChristianMingle is owned and operated by Spark Networks, Inc., whose mission is to create iconic, niche-focused brands that build and strengthen the communities they serve. Spark Networks' shares trade on the NYSE MKT under the ticker symbol "LOV" (NYSE MKT: LOV).