PEOPLE can exclusively reveal that Jinger Duggar, 22, and professional soccer player Jeremy Vuolo, 28, are officially courting – and their courtship will be a big part of the new season of Counting On when it returns to TLC later this summer.
Of their courtship – the Duggar-approved way of dating that has couples getting to know each other as a preparation for marriage – Jinger tells PEOPLE she met Vuolo last May.
The two then “had the opportunity to go on a missions trip together,” she says.
Adds Jinger, “It was there that I really saw his heart and really admired his character.”
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Vuolo, who went to Syracuse University, previously played for Major League Soccer club the New York Red Bulls before stepping away from the game to pursue ministry. He later signed with the San Antonio Scorpions in the North American Soccer League in 2013.
For more on the Duggar family, check out their website and catch Counting On when it returns to TLC this summer.