Taya Gaukrodger (née Smith) of platinum-selling Hillsong UNITED announced on social media today her resignation from Hillsong Church. Calling the announcement “bittersweet,” Taya shared a heartfelt message reflecting on her 10-year journey on staff at Hillsong Church. Taya acknowledged that she submitted her resignation on the same day that the anniversary edition of UNITED’s Zion album was released, which features new versions of the CCM classic “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” which she leads. “Oceans” was released in 2013 and went on to become one of the most prolific songs in the genre’s history, earning the No.1. spot on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs for 61 weeks in a row.
You can read Taya’s full message here and see an abbreviated version below. Taya did not discuss the personal reasons behind her resignation. She released her debut self-titled album in March 2022. Listeners will recall Hillsong Church has recently made global headlines as co-founder Brian Houston resigned in 2022 after complaints of misconduct involving two women. Houston was recently acquitted on a charge of failing to report his father’s sexual abuse of a child.