Meet Our Staff

Andrew Beckwith

President
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A devout Christian, faithful husband and loving father, Andrew Beckwith deeply shares our family values, most especially the sanctity of life and the definition of marriage. No stranger to our mission, Andrew previously served on the MFI Board for three years where his leadership and wisdom were greatly valued.

Andrew is a graduate of Gordon College and the University of Minnesota Law School and serves as an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom focusing on religious liberty cases. He also serves as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps Reserve where he holds the rank of major. Prior to coming to MFI, he litigated immigration cases for the Boston office of the Department of Homeland Security. Andrew, his wife Karen, and their four children live in Wenham.

Michael King

Director of Community Alliances
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Michael King is a committed follower of Jesus and recognizes that the Christian’s exhortation to be Salt and Light includes both extending the Gospel of Jesus as well as standing up for the righteous precepts of the Bible in the private and public square.  He agrees with the founding fathers that for a civil democracy to survive, it must have at its foundation a morality based on the Bible.  Michael is husband to his treasured wife, Ashley and father to four wonderful children.  Previously before coming to MFI as their Director of Community Alliances, Michael served as Family Ministries Director at a local church and Principal of a K – 12th Christian school.  Michael has his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Messiah College and Master’s degree in Christian Leadership from Liberty University.

Michael looks forward to continue to network with local pastors and leaders in the church to educate and motivate people to stand up for righteousness in the public square.  The main focus to accomplish this task will be to promote MFI’s groundbreaking book, Engage the Bay State, which clearly defines the culture war we find ourselves in today between the precepts of the Bible and secular human thinking.   Michael and the team at MFI hope to inspire Christians to engage with their local government leaders and inspire Biblical decisions to be made in regard to such foundational cultural institutions like marriage, life and religious liberty.  On a side note, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, a competitive game of basketball and fishing.

Christopher Jay

Policy Analyst
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Christopher Jay is a Roman Catholic Christian who seeks to witness to the freedom that only Love can give. In this day and age, confusion about what it means to be a human being has developed into confusion about every fundamental aspect of human life – happiness, sexuality, society, and even human life itself. When we act on this confusion, we impair ourselves and society. He hopes to build bridges to reach whomever is open to listening, to enable them to achieve the happiness they were created for on every level – personally, socially, civilly, etc.

Christopher and his beautiful wife Caitlin have three children, whom they are simultaneously crazy about (in a good way) and sometimes crazy about (in an exhausted parent way) – and whom they love like crazy! Christopher graduated from Wyoming Catholic College and from Ave Maria School of Law, and is an avid pursuer of – amongst other things – music, outdoors, Catholic Social Teaching, and building things for his wife.

Lena Wakim

Director of Communications
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Lena Wakim is a Bible-believing Christian who is passionate about family and youth ministry. Lena is also an advocate for pro-life issues and seeks to be a voice for the pre-born. She received her Bachelors of Science in Communications (Journalism) from Liberty University in the Spring of 2014. While at Liberty, Lena spent two years working as a Resident Assistant where she gained experience with young adults and her passion for ministering to millennials. Lena also worked at the Liberty University Marketing Department as a student writer and videographer before coming to work at MFI in 2014.

Lena is active in her local church and loves ministering to the youth. She enjoys using multimedia (social media, videography, graphics and blogging) to reach the next generation of advocates for faith and family.

Luz Burgos-Ortiz

Office Manager
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Luz Burgos-Ortiz is an earnest Christian with a strong love and passion for helping marriages and families stay united and healthy.  Before joining MFI, Luz spent the past fifteen years of her life assisting individuals and families by providing job readiness training as well as job placement.

Luz, her husband Rafael and children attend Defenders Boston Church. There, they currently serve as Family and Community Pastors where they strive to assist families in all stages of their lives reach a point of restoration through prayer, service and Biblical guidance.  In addition, Rafael and Luz oversee the Men and Women’s Ministry of the church by providing guidance and support to the department leaders and helping them drive a successful ministry that fully supports the overall vision of the church.  Her commitment to the institution of family is therefore reinforced and strengthened through her service at Defenders Boston Church as well as Massachusetts Family Institute.