Tom Smail was born in Glasgow, studied Philosophy and Theology in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Basel, was ordained into the Church of Scotland ministry and served in parishes in West Calder, Irvine and Wishaw. He became involved in the early charismatic renewal in the mid sixties and after a four year ministry in Northern Ireland amidst the troubles of the early seventies, he joined and then succeeded Michael Harper in the leadership of the Fountain Trust, which was then engaged in promoting charismatic renewal in the mainline churches in Britain and beyond. In 1979 he became vice-Principal and Lecturer in Doctrine at St John's College Nottingham and was ordained into the Anglican ministry. In 1985 he became Team Rector of All Saints Sanderstead in Croydon from which he retired in 1994.
Tom is the author of five books, a Senior Visiting Research Fellow of King's College, London and for the first half of the year 2000 he was Visiting Professor of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Tom and his wife Truda have been married for nearly 50 years and have two children and two grandchildren. The whole family is now London based. His books are: Reflected Glory, The Forgotten Father, The Giving Gift, Windows on the Cross, and Once and For All