Noel Smith studied at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and became a teacher first in England ,then for many years at the Presbyterian Training College, Akropong Akuapem, Ghana, where he became Principal. He developed a great interest in the customs and traditions of the local people especially that of former Basel and Scottish Missions. For his book on the history of the Presbyterian Church and his study of the interaction of Christianity and Akan religion, he was awarded a doctorate degree by his university. After his return to England he became Principal of the Shoreditch College of Education, today, the Runnymede Campus of Brunei University. He lives today in Koeningstein, Taunus, Germany.