Heidi Selden was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but grew up overseas, in Bogota, Colombia and Madrid, Spain. She returned to the United States and attended the University of New Mexico as a nursing student and heptathlete, finishing her nursing degree in Colorado after meeting her husband Dean. Together they have worked at Uplift Mountain, a family run retreat center/adventure camp for the last 30 years. Heidi’s roles there include cook, housekeeper, bookkeeper, and camp nurse. She and Dean also ministered together at Valley Bible Fellowship Church in Westcliffe as Dean filled the role of youth pastor and then senior Pastor for many years. Heidi chose to stay home and raise their four beautiful children who are now all grown and married.

When it seemed a good time to launch back into community, Heidi decided to try her hand at being a barista. Stephen Holmes graciously gave her that opportunity. Though still somewhat of a rookie in the coffee world, Heidi loves her work at Peregrine and has found a niche making the syrups and concentrates from scratch for the specialty drinks served there.

When asked about her role at Peregrine, she often says: “I’m just a helper and friend”, but her coworkers have affectionately nicknamed her “shop mom”; a title she is glad to assume, as her heart overflows with love and tenderness toward those she works with there and those she feels it is a privilege to serve.