The Reverend Wesley H. Allen

The Reverend Wesley H. Allen


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Wesley H. Allen of Worcester, MA, who died peacefully on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Born in Brockton, MA on April 28, 1929, Wesley was the son of the late J. Howard and Gladys J. (Gray) Allen. He was educated in Brockton and graduated from DePauw University in Indiana and from Boston University School of Theology, where he earned a master of divinity degree.  

Rev. Allen served for over 50 years in ministry. He served several churches in the New England Conference and joined the New York Conference in 1961. In New York, Rev. Allen served First UMC in Newburgh, Morsemere in Yonkers, St. Mark’s in Staten Island, Roslyn, UM Church of Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park Community UMC. From 1981 until his retirement in 1994 he served as Field Representative in the Office of Finance and Field Services at the General Board of Global Ministries. Wesley was an active member of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Decedents, Plymouth Plantation and the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Sullivan) Allen and the loving father of Rev. Nancy Allen of Spencer, MA, Joy Cullen and her husband, Fred, of Elizabeth, PA, and Barbara Schmidt and her husband, Doug, of Warsaw, NY. He is also survived by a sister, Ruth Fowler and her husband, Robert, of Framingham, MA. He was the stepfather of Clifford S. Tinder, Cescily T. Schurhamer and the late Sidney Tinder. He was the cherished grandfather of five and great-grandfather of six, and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Rev. Allen’s life was held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Plymouth United Methodist Church, 29 Carver Rd. Plymouth, MA. There will be a private burial in Chiltonville Cemetery. Memorial donations in his name may be made to: Plymouth United Methodist Church; the Chiltonville Congregational Church, 6 River St., Plymouth, MA 02360; or the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Decedents, 175 Derby St., #13, Hingham, MA 02043. Condolences and messages may be left in the online guest book at