About Us

Leaving the Pit Behind began when an individual with a servant’s heart discovered that there was a need that was not being met.
Art Adams was that individual. He presented lectures to numerous congregations for several years and discovered a discouraging pattern. Members would come to worship services hurting, but would also leave still hurting.
In 2015 Art Adams met with Dan Barker, and together they formed a partnership called Leaving The Pit. The name is based on the passage Psalm 40:1-3 where the biblical character David describes being in a slimy pit. Likewise, our brethren get into slimy pits of anxiety, depression, and addictive habits and need assistance. The leadership of congregations are asked difficult questions about mental and addiction issues and struggle with providing answers. Art and Dan wanted to provide them with tools to answer these difficult questions.
Today with the help of many volunteers with dedicated hearts, seminars and retreats on numerous topics have been presented in eight states in the US. Brethren from various states have traveled to these seminars and retreats to gain the knowledge to help their brethren back home. Leaving the Pit Behind has traveled and provided services to Lousiville, KY; Arkansas;  Cullman, Alabama; Tampa, Florida; and Houston, Texas and hope to travel to other locations to serve Christians.

What We Do

LTPB is a nonprofit developed and facilitated by Christians to address problems and lifestyles among fellow Christians who require in-depth counseling and guidance.

LTPB is where church leaders (shepherds, preachers, and teachers) reach out for additional help and/or resources that are needed.

LTPB provides training, education and certification to further equip leaders to help others in difficult situations.

LTPB unites the skills and experiences of qualified Christian counselors with Christian families that could not otherwise afford counseling services.

LTPB’s goal is to give clinical options for those Christians who need various levels of counseling.

Our Team


Art Adams

Executive Director

Art Adams is a master social worker (MSW), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), licensed clinical addictions counselor (LCAC), Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor – level 4 (CADACIV), Nationally Certified Parenting Evaluator (NCPE), Nationally Certified Child Evaluator (NCCE) and Internationally Certified in Addiction Counseling. He holds the four-year certificate of Achievement for Biblical Studies from Florida College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Purdue University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Andrews University. He is a member of several honor societies for his GPA standings. He has served as an adjunct professor at Andrews University and Indiana University/Purdue University (IUPUI). He is first and foremost an evangelist.