I was raised Congregational, which is a version of Protestant. I gather that the name isn't so much about beliefs as about the method of church government, so they are kind of a generic Prot. denomination, more in the traditional way. As a teen, I went to the local Nazarene church, but I found some of the pactices questionable. As a young adult, I went to an independent / non-denominational church. Now I can't say this for all of them, but that particular one was a disaster. One of the problems of such a church is, they are inventing everything from the ground up. The value of some kind of institution is, if something goes wrong (pastor burn-out is a big one), there is already a support system in place to help deal with it. But not everyone has the bad experience I did.
What I found was, throughout all of it, there was Catholicism. My dad was a lapsed Cath though his family still practices, most of my Boston neighborhood was RC or Orthodox (or Jewish, but that's not part of my story), I attended parochial school for several years, and when I felt the need to touch God, I would go to Mass. As my non-denom. church was trying to replace the pastor, the new guy and I would meet now and then, and he kept telling me how I was too Catholic (he was very anti-Cath). I finally took the plunge and "came into full Communion" - "conversion" seems to involve the need for baptism, which most other Christians have done.
Now, RC is not perfect, but they can explain to me why they do what they do, even if I don't agree about all of it. And there was room for me to understand some things a little differently than the person sitting next to me. Not all Cath. theologians over the years agree on all points either, even though it's easy to think "The Church" is identical in all thought and tradition.
These days, I have found that my way of interacting with the world has more in common with people I know who consider themselves assorted versions of pagan. Also, the things I like best about RC practice tend to be the folk traditions, which are of course closest to old pagan ways. So I have been looking at some of that stuff, with a question in mind: What is the personal experience of God? How is it similar, how is it different? What part is universal, what part is cultural? What part is God calling us, what part is humanity trying to meet some internal drive? This is a big question and I have no answers, though I'm enjoying the search.
I don't see myself becoming pagan. First of all, I can't give up Jesus, which would be a problem. I like the pagan connection to nature, but the goddess thing makes me uncomfortable. Actually, a lot of god stuff makes me uncomfortable too. I feel like I have met the Divine, and that assigning either maleness or femaleness to this Being is limiting and inaccurate. And while I think women don't get enough respect in most of Christianity, I'm not willing for men to be removed from all positions of authority. Not to mention that while I believe God is somehow expressed by creation (very pagan, though I used Christian words), I also believe God is more or beyond just phycial reality (very Christian). But again, that's just my experience, it's different for everyone.
I am very sure, Melissa, that if you keep the lines of communication open and ask to be shown what will be most meaningful for you, you will get an answer. If you ask to meet the Divine, usually that happens. As far as what church you go to, try out a bunch. One will feel right. Not just "oh, I agree with everything here" but "this is good for me, it helps me grow and connect with God". You don't have to commit to something without trying it out. Ask friends for recommendations. Talk to the pastor. If it doesn't work for you, try something else. It's about your relationship to God, and you have to work that out with Him yourself. Everything else, is just signposts and directions.
Blessings on your search, may you find what you're seeking.