OK I've done a ton of reading and even though no one can help me I can only hope that I can help someone witht he same problem!!!!
I added all the files from my WEB-INF/lib directory to my .jar file, which seemed to get rid of all of my ClassNotFound errors.
Then I got a struts actionForm class not found error. My struts .classes were deployed in a .war file so, I added all of my struts classes to the .jar and got rid of that error.
Now I'm having some issues with files that are deployed in a .wsr file (.war, .jar & .wsr have the same app name).