Everyone: Thank you for your kind responses.
mjarka: As an elder, the conduct of many legalistic elders made me wonder. The changing teachings made me wonder. It was hard to conduct a meeting when what I knew my whole life to be true was suddenly changed by the "faithful slave". When I started to really examine the JW religion, I discovered the measuring of the pyramids predicting 1914, countless Watchtower articles where the cited scriptures had nothing to do with the paragraph (I was a Watchtower conductor for a while), the gross errors in the New World Translation, the "generations" teaching revised in 1995, the two class system, as well as all the other stuff that everyone else finds wrong with Watchtower teachings.
pettygrudger: I joined a non-denominational seminary after leaving JW's. I never lost faith in God, but wanted an orthodox understanding of the Bible. The courses were very good, with almost no opinion. Just solid Bible study. When personal opinion crept into the study material, it was easy to tell. Before joining the community church, I started partaking at home after reading the Gospel of John. It made perfect sense that anyone can accept Christ and be part of the Christian "body".
The books by Ray Franz and Steven Hassan were very helpful as well.