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 Lieutenant Colonel. 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 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 five 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.
Mary Ellen Siegler is a devoted follower of Jesus, wife to her wonderful husband Bill, and mother to three amazing people. She is a passionate advocate for the traditional family, the sanctity of life, and parental rights, especially in regard to directing the education of their children. Understanding the importance of passing the gospel baton to the next generation, Mary Ellen loves to encourage and empower parents to raise their children with a biblical worldview.
As a home educator, Mary Ellen has served in leadership in the local homeschooling community on various boards, as a tutor in a classical educational community and as a speech and debate coach. Her writing has been featured on Homeschool Compass. She holds a professional certification as a Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist, which enables her to promote an educational approach based on the public health model of primary prevention, empowering youth to avoid all the risks of pre-marital sexual activity. Through the Massachusetts Informed Parents initiative, she equips parents to protect their children from the harmful sexual ideological content being taught in public schools through Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum. Mary Ellen also serves alongside her husband Bill as a missionary for Chosen People Ministries and holds a bachelor’s degree in Missions and Bible. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her family, photography, relaxing by the ocean, reading, and watching British drama.
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 and her husband Rafael currently serve as pastors for Arise City Church in Lowell where they tend to the overall needs of their community. In doing so, they support the vision of the church to empower people to seek God, discover freedom and arise to their God-given purpose. Her commitment to the institution of family is therefore reinforced and strengthened through her service at Arise City Church as well as Massachusetts Family Institute.
Deborah Cumbee is a devout Christian who believes that intellectual preparation in a biblical worldview is not only part of loving God with both the heart and mind but is also essential in preserving our family values. The defense of the sanctity of life and religious liberty are two areas she’s most passionate about.
As Research and Communications Assistant, Deborah carries out research and writing projects as directed by the MFI President, as well as keeps the staff abreast of various issue-relevant breaking news and legislative bills in MA. She also assists the Research and Communications Director on website and social media tasks. Deborah is a graduate of Gordon College, where she served as an editor for two publications and co-led an American Enterprise Institute student chapter. She is also an alumna of America’s Future Writing Fellowship and the Heritage Foundation Leadership Academy. An avid lover of words, she enjoys reading and writing in her spare time.
Marci Anthony, a committed Christian, has been involved in education for her entire adult life. She earned her teaching certification at Carnegie-Mellon University, and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Education (Secondary Counseling) at Northeastern University. She has worked as an Instructional Aide for special needs students, and then homeschooled her own seven children through high school. She helped establish and lead the North Shore Home School Support Group, as well as serving on the board of Mass HOPE, the state-wide Christian Homeschool Organization. She has since worked as a private tutor, and at New Hope Courses, a school serving homeschool families.
As an active member in her church, Marci has served as a VBS teacher on several mission trips, a Bible Study leader, Sunday School teacher, and Welcome Team member. Marci is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. In her spare time, she loves taking long walks, biking and kayaking. She is very concerned about the direction of education in our country and is eager to assist Massachusetts parents in accessing the information they need to make wise decisions about their children’s education.
Amanda Garcia has a deep love for the Lord and His people. She is a devoted wife to her husband Jonathan and a mother of two beautiful children. In between semesters at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Gordon College she was involved in local and international ministries. She has experience working in Christian education (Pre-K – 1st grade) and ventured into missionary work and travel through different parts of the world including Africa, Turkey, and the Dominican Republic. Amanda currently serves at Family Life Church in Stoneham where she has created and facilitated discipleship groups, conferences, and programs for women and children. Professionally, she has experience in business, community development, and property management. She has created marketing campaigns, facilitated community events, and organized local outreaches through these avenues.
Her most enjoyable time in service has been alongside her husband as they both minister to youth through the creative arts, teaching, and evangelizing. Having a testimony of her own healing and freedom she desires to fulfill the Lord’s call in bringing His Good News to the broken hearted. Amanda’s deep conviction is to see the Gospel be a Light unto the nations, not hidden from the most important fabrics of society. A foundational scripture she has clung to throughout her journey is found in Isaiah 60:1-2 “Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” She is excited to work with MFI to help connect people and bring communities together for the purpose of strengthening faith, family, and bringing glory to God.