Several of my family members and close friends are Christian, and I can remember one friend, in particular, who, when she was single, always said she wanted to be with someone who was also Christian. Her faith is one of the most important things to her, and she couldn’t imagine living her life with someone who didn’t feel the same way.
My friend got her wish when she attended a Halloween party about five years ago. She met a guy who was nice and funny but also Christian, and they got married a few years later. Today, they couldn’t be happier. They go to church together every Sunday, take part in retreats, missions trips, and volunteering opportunities as often as they can, and are trying to have kids, who they’ll also raise Christian.
For those who desire a similar life and partnership, we’ve picked out the top 13 online Christian dating websites. Plus, they won’t put a dent in your wallet.
Best Free Christian Dating Sites (#1-5)
We don’t want to make you wait for the best of the best, so we’ll start with dessert first, if you will. The following five sites have proven that they have what it takes to accurately match Christian daters without charging them an arm and a leg.
Being surrounded by thousands of single Christians may seem like something you’ll never get to experience in your lifetime, but thanks to Match, you can. The site has the largest single Christian audience of any dating site — not to mention the best reputation, being responsible for the most romantic connections.
While not a Christians-only dating site, Match.com actually boasts the more Christian and church-going singles than any site. Its free phone app enables easy matching by religious preferences. Full Review »
|Gender Ratio||M: 49% | F: 51%*|
In terms of price, Match is way ahead of the pack as well. You won’t have to pay anything for a standard membership, and you’ll get to fill out your information, upload several pics, search for matches, receive compatible profiles, and “like” people who catch your eye, among other things.
2. Elite Singles
Religion is one of the most common similarities people look for in a date or partner, and so is education. If this is the case for you, then we’d point you toward Elite Singles. Not only are a majority of its members Christian, but more than 80% have earned at least a bachelor’s degree.
Elite Singles is the premier dating site for educated professionals. Most members are upper-income with college degrees, and its impressive Fraud Detection system ensures no-nonsense dating. Full Review »
|Gender Ratio||M: 43% | F: 57%*|
Elite Singles tends to attract certain types of people in regard to age and relationship intent, too. About 90% of members are at least 30 years old, and 100% of them want a lifelong commitment. And it seems that’s what they’re finding — more than 2,500 people find love on the site every month.
According to IndexMundi.com, over 17% of people in the world are 55 or older. According to the Pew Research Center, over 31% of people in the world identify as Christian. These percentages get smaller once you remove those who are already married. Hands down, the best way for single senior Christians to meet is to join OurTime.
The site was built with mature daters in mind, so it’s easy to use no matter what your tech level is. Christians also flock to OurTime because its members tend to have the same values, beliefs, goals, and lifestyles.
eHarmony is a popular choice for Christian singles for many reasons — one of them being that it was co-founded by Christian theologian and seminary professor Dr. Neil Clark Warren.
The site also does most of the work for you. All you have to do is take its exclusive 29 Dimensions of Compatibility test, and then every day, you’ll be presented with potential matches who you can yay or nay. eHarmony will walk you through the messaging process as well via Guided Communication, which can be especially helpful for shy daters.
ChristianMingle is probably the best known Christian-only dating site, having launched in 2001. Since then, it’s gained a following of 15 million members and 2.4 million monthly visitors — and counting. The site is run by Spark Networks, a leading provider of community-focused online dating services, so it knows what it’s doing.
ChristianMingle has affordability on its side, too. It won’t cost you a cent to create a profile, view profiles, have daily matches sent to your inbox, send virtual winks and/or likes, communicate in certain ways, and read the blog.
Best Free “Gay” Christian Dating Sites (#6-7)
Online dating can be hard enough if you’re an LGBT single because a lot of platforms don’t know how to meet your needs. When you throw in the fact that you’re also Christian, connecting with that special someone often becomes even more of a challenge. However, that’s where the next two dating sites come in handy.
Gay men and lesbian women can’t get enough of Zoosk. With 40 million members in 80 countries, 30 million downloads via iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon, and 3 million messages exchanged every day, it’s massive and very active.
Searching by your preferences, including religion, is super simple — just go to the Advanced Search section. You should also try the Carousel and check out the SmartPick™ section. The former is like a merry-go-round of singles who you can like, pass on, or come back to later, while the latter is where Zoosk recommends compatible singles based on your on-site behavior.
CompatiblePartners is a member of the eHarmony family, and it’s specifically for gay and lesbian daters. The site strives to connect you with the perfect person “right from the start,” and you only have to complete four steps: 1) Answer some basic questions. 2) Take the full compatibility questionnaire. 3) Review profiles sent to you. 4) Start communicating.
Brooke and Theresa are one of thousands of couples who’ve found love thanks to CompatiblePartners. Brooke said this about Theresa: “She has a devoted, loving network of friends and family, many talents, and is a great person to share every minute of every day with. I am thankful for every day she is in my life.”
Best Free “Black” Christian Dating Sites (#8-9)
According to a post on Quora, about 20% of people in the world identify as black, and remember earlier we said 31% of people are affiliated with Christianity. We all have our dating preferences, and deservedly so. Meeting black Christian singles shouldn’t be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, so we’ve identified the go-to dating sites for this audience.
For black singles who want to date someone of the same race, BlackPeopleMeet is the obvious choice. But it’s also a great choice for Christian black singles who want to date someone who practices the same religion. Here, you’re killing two birds with one stone.
BlackPeopleMeet is one of the most established dating sites within the People Media network, which includes Match, OurTime, and Chemistry, and it’s mastered the art of connecting singles online.
BlackChristianPeopleMeet is a sister site of BlackPeopleMeet, and it was created three years later (2005 vs. 2002). However, it works in exactly the same way. Registration, browsing, flirting, and other features are totally free.
The site is full of touching success stories, including this one from Michael and Tiffany, who are now married with children: “I would like to thank BlackChristianPeopleMeet for being the avenue that God used to bring my husband and I together. This may sound a little cliché, but he is all that I asked the Lord for.”
Best Free “Interracial” Christian Dating Sites (#10-11)
About 17% of couples in the world are interracial, and we anticipate that number is only going to grow as people continue to look beyond superficial attributes like race. If, in your eyes, love is color blind, visit the two sites below to enjoy a more broad-minded dating experience.
ChristianCafe has been “connecting Christian singles since 1999,” making the site a true leader in this niche. Christian men and women of all races, ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, and locations come to ChristianCafe because they know its process works.
Owned and operated by Christians, ChristianCafe has led to more than 25,000 marriages and features more than 3,000 happily-ever-afters on its Testimonials page. Another bonus is all new members are offered a free 10-day trial that allows them to test out everything the site has to offer, including profile creation, unlimited messaging, and access to Christian chat rooms and forums.
The name says it all — ChristianInterracialDating caters to single Christians interested in interracial dating and relationships. The site says you’ll “enjoy the best Christian interracial dating here,” and that seems to be the case. Security is also a top priority, and your information will be protected by SSL encryption.
ChristianInterracialDating is a member of the Online Connections family, which includes numerous other Christian dating sites, interracial dating sites, and general dating sites. Signing up for one site within the network means your profile will appear on all of the sites — for no additional fee. So if you want to explore other dating options, you definitely can.
Best Free “International” Christian Dating Sites (#12-13)
While some people are looking for “The One” next door, in their town, or maybe within 50 miles, others don’t mind expanding their search across the globe. International mingling is easier than ever thanks to the internet, and international dating is easier than ever thanks to the two dating sites we’ve highlighted in this section.
“Connecting Christians locally and worldwide” is what ChristianCupid is all about, and the site has had 14+ years to perfect its approach to online dating. Simply provide your first name, gender, the gender you’re interested in, age, email address, and password, and you’ll be on your way. You can also sign up through Facebook to streamline the process even more.
When you’re on the go, use ChristianCupid’s Android app so you don’t miss a dating beat. Check out profiles while you’re on the bus or subway heading into work, in line for coffee, walking your dog, shopping, or anything else.
More than 130,000 Christians from all over the world have been matched on cMatch, and you could be next. Launched in 2006, cMatch’s goal is “to prayerfully match Christian singles according to God’s universal plan” and “serve Christians from all churches and denominations.” Whether it’s your first time online dating or you’ve been doing this for years, the site will have your back.
cMatch says it’ll take you less than five minutes to join the site, and some steps include selecting your gender, country, and date of birth. You’ll also answer more in-depth profile questions and fill out a short profile essay about yourself. All of this will lead you to your ideal match that much quicker.
Find the Mary to Your Joseph on These Christian Dating Sites
Every time I see my friend and her husband, it brings a smile to my face because I can see how genuinely happy they are. Their Christian faith is a bond that strengthens their relationship, and it always will be. If you’re still single and in search of an Abraham to your Sarah or a Rachel to your Jacob, don’t fret. This article is here to give you a head start on your journey!