Master of Arts in Philosophy, Glasgow University, 1949. Bachelor's Degree in Systematic Theology with distinction, Edinburgh University, Scotland, 1952.
In 1972, he became secretary of the Fountain Trust, a United Kingdom-based organisation which promoted the renewal of the Holy Spirit within the established churches and took over as its Director in 1975 where he and the Fountain Trust team travelled the United Kingdom and overseas emphasising the advocacy of the Holy Spirit within the everyday of people"s lives. Tom Smail taught theology at Street John"s College, Nottingham (England) where he lectured in Doctrine. From 1980 to 1985, he was vice-principal at Street John"s College.
In 1985, he became Team Rector of All Saints, Sanderstead (in the diocese of Southwark) from where he retired from ministry (1994) although still continued both his writing and lecturing career.
He spent a term as visiting professor in Fuller Theological Seminary. He died on 15 February 2012 and his funeral on 8 March bore testimony to the efficacy of his life and ministry.
In 1991, he was made an honorary canon of Southwark Cathedral. He was awarded a Glasgow University Master of Arts degree in 1949 and Edinburgh University Bachelor's Degree in 1952.
His major works include:
Reflected Glory (1975)The Forgotten Father (1980)The Giving Gift: The Holy Spirit in Person (1994)Charismatic Renewal: The Search for a Theology, with Andrew Walker and Nigel Wright (SPCK, 1994)Once and for All: A Confession of the Cross (DLT, 1998)Like Father, like Son: The Trinity Imagined in our Humanity (2006) "Praying with Paul"
In The Giving Gift, Smail proposed a revision to the so-called "filioque clause" in the Nicene Creed.
Governship of local school.
Married Truda Mary McNair, June 19, 1952. Children: Mary Elizabeth, David Daniel.