Dr. Roy Hammerling, a PhD graduate of the University of Notre Dame in Church History, has been a Professor of Religion at Concordia College for over 25 years. His books include A History of Prayer: The First to the Fifteenth Century and The Lord’s Prayer in the Early Church: The Pearl of Great Price. He has written articles and lectured on Martin Luther and Lutheranism, Christian Spirituality, religion and film, the church in Nazi Germany, Islam, religion in modern culture, the history of wine, and more. He travels regularly with students and alumni groups for Concordia College across Europe, Turkey, and Egypt. He is also an ELCA pastor and the son of German-Russian immigrants. He's very excited to be working with his son, Josh Hammerling, a wine expert, on "The Spirituality of Wine" tour to France.
Josh Hammerling is the cellar master at Donkey and Goat Winery in Berkeley, California. He began his career in the wine industry at Syncline Winery in the Columbia River Gorge. After years of working in Syncline’s cellar, vineyard, and tasting room, he moved to California to continue his studies. He is currently a Diploma candidate in The Wine and Spirit Education Trust and teaches wine classes in San Francisco. He has spent extensive time studying and traveling in Europe. He received his BA in English Writing and German Literature from Pacific Lutheran University and his Master’s Degree in Critical Theory from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.