Osceola according to… George Dirling

George Dirling

George Dirling

By Jennifer DiDomenico

For the News-Gazette

George Dirling is a 27-year-old young adult pastor who loves his town.

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, he and his family relocated to Celebration when he was a child, and he has since lived in eight different areas of the town he calls home.

“I’ve really gotten my go-around of Celebration,” said Dirling.

He admits he loves the atmosphere, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

“I definitely see my wife and I staying here for a while,” said Dirling. “We eventually want to start a family and buy our own home here.”

Dirling hopes to raise his children in the town he grew up in, partially because of the Celebration schools. He attended Celebration School when it was a K-12 school, and was part of the first class to complete all four years and graduate from Celebration High School.

Being able to travel by bike or by foot through walking trails is also a plus, thanks to Celebration’s new urbanism architectural design. The convenience allows Dirling and his wife to enjoy one of their favorite hobbies – photography.

“We love learning new things together and taking on new hobbies,” said Dirling. “We’re always up for exploring areas in the county to photograph.”

After work and on weekends, Dirling said he could be found at the new Celebration Shoppes plaza on Celebration Place and U.S. Highway 192, eating with friends at the new Pei Wei or Chipotle.

If you know of any individual from the millenial generation who you would like to nominate for “Osceola according to…”, email News-Gazette Editor Brian McBride at bmcbride@osceolanewsgazette.com.