Born in. Father an elder - 2 brothers & 1 sister - all gung-ho JWs with various degrees of self -righteousness & who now shun me as "bad association". Parents now very elderly in late 80's.
Almost left as a teenager but decided to "give the truth a chance" ( yuck ) at 20 as I wasn't allowed to go to university & pioneered , became a MS ,went to Ministerial Training School , got married then became an elder. Climbed the greasy pole to give talks at special assembly days etc but always focused more on traditional "Christian" qualities rather than Society dogma and Pharisaical rules. Always had doubts though & being an elder , seeing all the hypocrisy , politics etc at first hand was a huge eye opener. Once you see behind the curtain , the show is never quite the same.
When the kids were 6 or 7 , people in the congregation started to put pressure wondering why the kids weren't unbaptised publishers and I realised it would be wrong to bring them up & force them potentially to become JWs if I didn't really believe it myself. So I started with a blank page trying to give the WTBTS the benefit of any doubt , took a deep breath & googled "Jehovah's Witnesses".
Took a couple of years of researching - JWFacts , COC , JW.com etc. Final straw was a question box ( about 8 years ago) that scolded JWs who were learning Hebrew or Greek or doing any research outwith Society publications. Came off as an elder & quickly & quietly faded ( mainly due to the need to keeping on caring for my elderly parents as my siblings don't really care & are too busy with JW activities. ) .
Like many leaving "the truth"- the marriage didn't survive the turmoil & my ex had a mid life crisis & left me & the kids & is now DFd with a new boyfriend. Kids both in Uni now. Onwards & upwards...to infinity & beyond!