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Upstate Christian singles seek spouses

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Members of Upstate Christian Singles dance at one of their local events. (File/FOX Carolina) Members of Upstate Christian Singles dance at one of their local events. (File/FOX Carolina)

Some church-goers say finding love as a Christian is not easy, so one Upstate group is trying to help those seeking similar spouses.

Karla Whitcomb said after her divorce she found the dating scene difficult. 

"You got the clubs, the dancing and bars as secular settings," Whitcomb said. "Then you have to filter through who is really a Christian or who says they're Christian." 

Whitcomb turned to Upstate Christian Singles, a single's group for Christians, to find her soul mate, Jeff Lester. They met on the dance floor at a party, sponsored by Upstate Christian Singles. 

"It seemed like Jeff and I that night connected like three or five times," Whitcomb said.

Tal Groce is the director of Upstate Christian Singles. He said it began in 2004 as a way to bring lonely Christians together. The groups rents out the Pelham Road Baptist Church Activity Center in Greenville for some of their social events.

"It is just great to see people come together and meet in the right way of the Lord," Groce said. 

Some Christians are also turning to the Internet to find a heavenly connection.

Christian Mingle is one of the most popular Christian dating web sites. The site is home to 5 million users.

In the company's commercial, it advertises the site as a way to find God's match.

"What online dating allows you to do is broaden your horizons and not just limit yourself to the people you may or may not come into contact with," said Ashley Reccord, a spokesperson for Christian Mingle.

Dr. Dan Mathewson is a professor of religion at Wofford College. He said some people can't envision marrying someone who is not part of their religious tradition.

"When you search for a marriage partner, in many instances you are looking for someone who shares a lot of things with you, shares interest, shares values," Mathewson said.

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