I would not lament too much the time in the protestant world, though I know this is difficult. I spent many many years in Falwell's schools and town, as my parents moved us to this coast so my father could be ordained in the seminary there. God chose His time for you to be shown the truth, enlightened if you will. Whatever time you spent elsewhere was preparation, and you will have that much more familiarity for any converts that come your way later. It is difficult for us converts to find understanding in some ways, when we enter an ethnic parish. Granted we were accepted completely, but they cannot fathom what we come from. some of the stuff I was taught for over 30 years leaves my pastor and godparents aghast with shock.
I think you would like Fr. Gilquist's book, it seemed to really resonate with my dh when we converted. I didn't like it as much as he did by a long shot, might be a male/female thing there. I did like Coming Home as well as a few others. More Spirited than Lions as given me more than an uncomfortable line into my own thinking in regards to feminist thought versus ORthodox doctrine. I had no idea as I never considered myself a feminist...
You aren't too far from me at the VA line either. Tis nice to see someone else on this side of the country!!
I hope your search for others that converted as pastors is fruitful, I am sure there are many out there. I would also suggest reading some of Frank Shaeffer's stuff, he minces no words about the likes of Falwell, Graham and others and has a distinct understanding of the protestant world before his conversion. Just read his crazy for God, but I think I had read a couple of other things by him when dh brought them home.