R Bailey Allen


Phone (814) 757-8493

Mailing Address
28 Williams Street
Russell, PA 16345

Akeley U M Church
Senior Pastor

Russell U M Church
Senior Pastor


The son of a pastor, Bay Allen was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  In 1998, he came to Western PA to attend IUP as a theater major and met his Mary there.  Early on, music and worship leading was always one of the strongest ministry areas for Bay, and he has worked as Director of Modern Music and Worship at Grace UMC in Indiana, PA, and has also worked at Butler First UMC as their Crossfire Campus Worship Leader.

Bay has been engaged in pastoral ministry since 2011, as both a part-time local pastor at Indiana Grace, and full-time local pastor at Faith Community UMC and Riverview UMC in Rochester, PA, and now serves as the full-time Pastor at Russell and Akeley United Methodist Churches.  He is a 2021 graduate from the Course of Study through Methodist Theological School, in Ohio.
Bay is a pastor, poet, curator and author of liturgy and song; a husband (Mary) and father of two (Kailey & Gavin), but above all, he is a redeemed child of God with a heart for starting new things, for stirring old fires, and striving to take people to places they have not yet been; promoting God as an active force of change and transformation, still breathing the breath of life into this world.