Jon Ryan Schaffer (born March 15, 1968 in Franklin, Indiana) is a heavy metal guitarist and songwriter. He is the founder of the heavy metal band Iced Earth. At the age of 14 Jon got his first guitar and began writing music. At the age of 16 he moved out of his parents' home and went to Tampa, Florida. In 1985 Schaffer founded the power/thrash metal band Purgatory, which quickly changed its name to become Iced Earth.