The Place of Promise staff comes from a diverse set of cultures, church denominations, and traditions. As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe that every person has value because every person is a child of God.
Beth Kidd founded Place of Promise and serves as Founding Director providing clinical and spiritual direction for residents, children, and staff, as well as training for the next generation of ministry leadership.
As a young girl, growing up outside of Philadelphia, she was inspired by the many Missionaries that frequently visited her church. As a teenager, she volunteered at Philadelphia General Hospital and saw first-hand the devastation of despair, hate, poverty, drug and alcohol addiction, loneliness, disease, and spiritual death. She knew that she was being called to a life of ministry.
Beth attended University of Delaware and received a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Moving to Boston with her husband Jeff, she accepted a nursing position at Boston City Hospital while Jeff pursued a Master of Divinity in Urban Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. They chose to live in a poor, inner city section of Boston.
Three years later, Beth started a neighborhood missionary ministry modeled after what she had seen in third world countries. She cared for the sick in the streets, in their homes, as well as bringing the more severely sick and injured into her own home. Additionally, Beth and Jeff hosted a home church and started a children’s bible program and a coffee house to serve their local neighborhood.
During a time of fasting and prayer, Beth received a vision from God, prompting her to open Place of Promise, a dedicated home to show God’s love to the multiply-injured, hurting, and suffering. Place of Promise opened their first residential home in 1994 in Dorchester. In order to meet growing needs, Place of Promise moved to Lowell in 2000.
Today, Place of Promise operates four long-term residential homes, offers programming for children elementary through high school, and provides training and internships for churches, ministries, and the next generation of ministry leadership.
Over the last twenty four years, Place of Promise has continued to focus on building a new life centered on Jesus Christ. While the challenges have changed – alcohol and drug use starting at 10 years of age, polysubstance abuse, multi-generational separation from God, and dual- and tri-diagnosis (mental, physical, and substance abuse) – the focus on Christ has not.
Beth and Jeff have been married for 46 years, have 4 grown children, and 6 grandchildren. Beth has mothered and grand-mothered countless more.
Jeff joined Place of Promise as Executive Director in January 2018. Previously, Jeff was the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Straight Ahead Ministries in Worcester, MA, for over 5 years. Prior to joining Straight Ahead, Jeff has held executive level positions in Marketing, Product Management, and Engineering in the telecommunications industry.
Jeff holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and Cornell University. Additionally, he holds a Management Certificate from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jeff and his wife, Carolyn, have 2 grown children and are very active in their church. Jeff has designed and led Men’s Bible Studies for almost 10 years, including in-prison ministry programs.
Ruy joined Place of Promise in 2016. Ruy has worked over 30 years in management of faith-based organizations and advocacy, including Episcopal City Mission. He began his career by serving in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at two universities.
Ruy holds a degree from the Presbyterian Theological Seminary of Campinas, Brazil, a Master’s Degree in Christian Social Ethics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Boston University in Ethics and the Scientific Study of Religion.
Fluent in three languages, Ruy is an adjunct professor at the Center for Urban Ministerial Education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently teaching Pastoral Counseling. Additionally, he is serving as an Elder in the Session of the Eliot Presbyterian Church in Lowell, MA.
Terry was the first employee of Place of Promise. Having met Beth in her Roxbury neighborhood, Terry started volunteering in the Coffee House and Home Church that Beth and her husband Jeff hosted.
As a Massachusetts Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Terry works closely with the Residents to show them that there is “Life After Addictions”. Additionally, for every Resident, she provides case management and advocacy for navigating the social, legal, and health care systems.
Isabella joined Place of Promise in 2017 and serves on the Residential Staff.
Growing up in Kenya and displaced by Civil War, Isabella immigrated to the United States in 2006. As a result of her experiences in Kenya, Isabella dedicated her life to helping most the vulnerable in our society. Prior to Place of Promise, Isabella has worked as a geriatric home health aid, in a group home for those with developmental disabilities, at a hospice, and as a case worker for recently released inmates.
Isabella holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Using her passion to serve God, Isabella has planted a church, served as a deaconess, and is currently working on her second gospel music CD.
Thysan joined Place of Promise in 2016 and serves on the Residential Staff.
Growing up in a Buddhist family during the brutal civil war in Cambodia, Thysan survived 4 years in a Khmer Rouge slave labor camp. Thysan then spent the next 10 years in a refugee camp where he encountered Jesus Christ and dedicated his life to serving Him. Resettled to the United States, Thysan worked as a Social Worker for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families for 12 years.
Thysan holds an MDiv and PhD from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His thesis focused on the impact of prolonged psychological trauma, the transmission of trauma from first to second generation, and the four essential elements of healing. Additionally, Thysan is a Pastor at the Eliot Presbyterian Church in Lowell.